Month: September 2019

Brandon Moore Says No to Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Moore is no longer going to play for the Dallas Cowboys.After a change of heart, just a day after Moore verbally agreed to a one-year contract with the Cowboys, he decided to retire from the game all together.At the old age – by NFL standards –  of 33 Moore didn’t want to quit, but after failed attempts to get his asking price of $3 million to $4 million, he decided it was time to move on with his life.“I was wrestling with it all night,” Moore told FOXSports.com’s Mike Garafolo on Wednesday. “I was excited, but when you start looking at all the personal factors that go into it and the commitment on the football side and you’ve been in a different mental state also the past three or four months because no action’s been happening, you kind of move on with your life.”He went on to say, “I was happy with that and fine with that. But when you get a call from a coach I care deeply for in (Cowboys offensive coordinator) Bill Callahan, you start to feel it, you get excited and you’re finally like, ‘I want to do it.’ But you map out the logistics of it all — the physical and mental commitment, the tear on your family.”Moore was rated fourth best guard in the NFL last season. A dominant run blocker and pass blocker protector for the Jets in 2012, he hasn’t missed a start since 2004. Moore still has a lot of play in him, and would have been a valuable addition to the Cowboys. It’s a shame he gave it all up. read more

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Colin Kaepernick 49ers Contract Talks Heat Up

Colin Kaepernick believes he is an elite quarterback and expects to be paid as such. The San Francisco 49ers may or may not agree with him. One thing apparently is sure, according to a report: Both sides will meet in the Bay area this week to hash it out.The sides have previously been in contact and met at the NFL draft combine in February, but this upcoming session is an indication that the 49ers and Kaepernick are ready to dig in on a potential deal, according to the Sacramento Bee, which earlier reported the upcoming talks Tuesday morning.Kaepernick, 26, is entering the final season of the four-year contract he received as a second-round pick in 2011. The 49ers can give Kaepernick the franchise tag next winter if a new deal isn’t agreed upon, but the intention of the team is to get a deal done.Kaepernick is 21-8 as the 49ers’ starting quarterback and has led the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC title games.“I’m letting my agents handle all of that, and I’m worried about being out here, trying to get better with my teammates and get ready for the season,” Kaepernick said last week.  “I’m playing football regardless.”San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York, general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have all publicly said this offseason that the team’s goal is to get a new contract for Kaepernick this year.Talks have been quiet the past two months as Kaepernick has been part of an ongoing investigation in Miami for what police describe as a “suspicious incident.” Police have said Kaepernick is not a criminal suspect. Authorities hope to wrap up the investigation, which started April 3, in the coming weeks. Kaepernick has strongly denied any wrongdoing. Harbaugh has defended him publicly.Kaepernick likely will look for a salary between $18 million and $20 million. He is set to make $1.073 million this season. The 49ers have $9.142 million in salary-cap room, which is enough to fit in a deal for the quarterback. read more

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Hot Takedowns NBA MVP Smackdown

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Apr. 11, 2017), we’re all about the NBA MVP race. Who should win it? We debate the merits of Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.Links to what we discussed:Per an ESPN forecast, Westbrook is leading the MVP race.The Ringer’s Haley O’Shaughnessy writes about Steph Curry’s one-week MVP campaign blitz.FiveThirtyEight is running a weeklong series about all the MVP candidates.Neil Paine makes the case for Kawhi Leonard.Chris Herring makes the case for James Harden.NBA.com’s David Aldridge argues that a vote for LeBron James for MVP is never a mistake.The Ringer’s Paolo Uggetti calls Russell Westbrook an irrational MVP, but the clear choice. read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday March 1 2018

Things That Caught My EyeWe put some baseballs in an X-RayAre the balls juiced? Are material changes to the ball an influence on the spike in home runs analysts have found? Commissioner Manfred says that the balls have not changed, but a number of studies from journalistic outfits, this one included, seem to counter that idea. ESPN took the next logical step and did a CT scan on eight MLB balls. The finding? It surely looks like the core of the balls are less dense compared to the control balls from several years ago. Indeed, a layer of pink rubber in the core of the balls was 40 percent less dense in the dinger-era balls than the 2014-2015 era balls. [FiveThirtyEight]Lundqvist deserved betterThe New York Rangers made 11 of the 12 postseasons since the 2004-05 lockout, have won the sixth-most points, and failed to win a Stanley Cup. In the past week the Rangers have had a fire sale, all despite numbers that bear out goalie Henrik Lundqvist carrying much of the load for the team. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?The second week is the only reason the U.S. is not ashamed of its Olympics.The United States got 12.9 fewer medals in Pyeongchang than our very simple medal model would have projected them getting, underscoring a deeply unfortunate games for a typical Winter powerhouse. Most of that underperformance was in week one, though, with week two serving as a clawback toward the mean from what could have been an even worse games. [FiveThirtyEight]Philly is experimentingFirst-year Phillies manager Gabe Kapler appears to be experimenting with defensive shifts in the outfield. Essentially, two players swapped corner outfield positions when a switch hitter made it to the plate batting lefty. While the infield defensive shift is rather common, an outfield defensive swap is something new and compelling. [Fangraphs]North America 2026 in jeopardyWhile a combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup seemed a likely prize after the U.S.’s 2022 bid lost to Qatar in a tainted-by-corruption 2010 vote, that bid appears to be in modest jeopardy. Sources indicated that some voters are unsure if the U.S. can be considered a friendly place for foreigners, and that a rival bid from Morocco may be gaining steam. [ESPN]MLBPA files grievancesThe MLB players association filed a grievance agains the Oakland Athletics, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, alleging that the teams aren’t spending money they have to commit toward on-field product in the offseason. [CBS Sports]Big Number19.6 percentThat’s the probability that the Phoenix Suns get the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. There are seven teams that are virtual locks to make the top 10 draft positions at this point in the season. The Sacramento Kings have a 16.8 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, followed by Atlanta with a 14.2 percent chance, Memphis with a 10.8 percent chance and Orlando with a 9.3 percent chance. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The Next Big Thing in Defense?kyle:the angels should do this in ohtani games just to further f— with positional changes on pencil and paper scorecardsPredictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis guy can swing it We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions All newsletters read more

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New Mexico State arrives hoping to spook the Buckeyes

WEEKLY FOOTBALL PICKSSaturday’s Games:New Mexico State @ No. 17 Ohio StateNo. 3 Texas @ No. 14 Oklahoma StateNo. 5 USC @ No. 10 OregonQuinn PitcockOhio State, Texas, OregonOverall: 11-4     Last week: 2-1Pitcock played defensive tackle for OSU from 2002–06.Marcus FreemanOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 9-6     Last week: 3-0Freeman played linebacker for OSU from 2004–08.Justin ZwickOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 9-6     Last week: 2-1Zwick played quarterback for OSU from 2002–06.Malcolm JenkinsOhio State, Texas, OregonOverall: 8-7     Last week: 2-1Jenkins played cornerback for OSU from 2005–08.Zack MeiselOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 7-8     Last week: 2-1Meisel is the sports editor for The Lantern. New Mexico State travels to Columbus to face No. 17 Ohio State Saturday on Halloween.The Aggies (3-5, 1-3) are not expected to give the Buckeyes (6-2, 4-1) much of a scare, but OSU coach Jim Tressel remains firm in his stance that his team cannot afford to overlook any opponent.Purdue held a record of 1-5 when it upset OSU in West Lafayette, Ind.“To me, focused is having a moment-by-moment awareness of what needs to be done,” Tressel said. “I don’t feel like we did a great job of having that focus or awareness a couple weeks ago. … Purdue did what you have to do. They got five takeaways, they did this and they did that. If we have an understanding of what needs to be done today, we go do that as well as we can do it.”Saturday’s contest is a rare non conference game, breaking up the eight-game Big Ten slate.While the Aggies hope to come into The ‘Shoe and trick a confident Buckeye squad, their struggling defense could be a treat for a progressing OSU offense. New Mexico State has allowed 28 points and nearly 370 yards of offense per game.After five turnovers and only 18 points against Purdue, the Buckeye offense produced more than 500 yards against Minnesota during Saturday’s 38-7 victory.Tressel said he was satisfied with the evidence of offensive progression, which must continue this week against the Aggies.“I hope that they do understand that the progress we make or we don’t make will affect the next time we play when we get back in the conference. They seem to be a group that is willing to take instruction and if it’s reasonable, if it makes some sense, yeah, it makes some sense, we need to get better, well, let’s go get better. I don’t think that’s going to disrupt us.”The injury bug has taken its toll on the Buckeye roster, especially at running backs. Against Wisconsin on Oct. 10, Dan Herron reinjured the ankle he had sprained two weeks earlier, and Brandon Saine suffered a concussion during last week’s rout of Minnesota. Both backs’ statuses are up in the air, Tressel said.“If Brandon Saine is cleared, Brandon’s playing,” he said. “If ‘Boom’ Herron is cleared, he’s going to play. This is an important game, that’s one thing. We need to get better. That’s just as important. So the best chance you have to get better is on Saturdays.”New Mexico State has had its share of quarterback struggles. Jeff Fleming and Trevor Walls have split the duties, combining for four touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while completing just 52 percent of their passes.No matter how inferior an opponent the Buckeyes might face on any given week, Tressel said he wants his troops concentrating on improving.“This is game nine,” he said. “We’ve got to progress. I’m not sitting here today saying, you know what, I think we’ll put this guy in or that guy in. No, we’re going out all barrels blazing and do what the situation calls for.” read more

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Overtime score propels Buckeyes to victory

Usually when someone is getting jumped on by a group of men it is a bad thing. For freshman Logan Schuss, though, getting jumped on was a good thing.“At first it wasn’t the best; I couldn’t breathe. But after that it was good,” Schuss said.Schuss was at the center of his team’s overwhelming celebration after Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse team won in overtime Saturday 11-10, after blowing a three-goal lead. Coach Nick Myers constantly encourages team to play a full 60 minutes each time out, but on Saturday they needed a little extra.With the score tied at the end of regulation, the Buckeyes went into sudden-death overtime. One minute and 10 seconds into the overtime, Schuss was able to find the back of the net for the win.“There’s no love for each other, so it’s always nice to come out and beat these kids,” senior goalie Brandon Freeman said.The Buckeyes were able to get the win, but it didn’t come easy.OSU only trailed once in the game when the score was 1-0, but they were never able to pull away.“We knew going into the game there was going to be a run,” Myers said.On multiple occasions, the Buckeyes had two-goal leads and once had a three-goal lead, but Penn State fought back each time. The Buckeyes even had a two-goal lead with less than three minutes to go in the game, but they were unable to close out the Nittany Lions.Myers said he told his team to hang in there. He told them it would take heart and hustle to win the game.OSU was out-shot by Penn State by 24 and won nine fewer face-offs.Schuss was named conference Rookie of the Week last week and he threw his name back in the mix for next week’s award. Along with the game-winning goal, Schuss assisted on four other goals.Along with Schuss, senior Mario Ventiquattro brought his “A” game. Ventiquattro was able to find the back of the net four times.The Buckeyes got the win, but not without injuries. Midway through the fourth quarter, Matt Kawamoto suffered a shoulder injury.With the win, the Buckeyes will take a two-game win streak on the road to play Robert Morris on Tuesday. read more

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OSUs Lavender named to AP Preseason AllAmerican Team

Jantel Lavender has received numerous accolades throughout her career at Ohio State. The senior center can now add 2010-11 Associated Press Preseason All-American to her resume. The three-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Year was also named to the AP’s Preseason All-American team last season and went on to average 21.4 points and 10.3 for the Buckeyes. Lavender said she spent her summer improving her game to earn higher honors at the end of the season. “The goal is to be a national player of the year,” Lavender said. “I really improved my game over this last summer because I’ve gotten a chance to be here for the whole summer. I’m looking forward to being a much better player in every aspect, mentally, physically, and a good teammate.” A 65-member national media panel selected the team. Joining Lavender on this season’s team is Connecticut’s Maya Moore, Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson. Being selected to the team is the latest preseason honor for the Cleveland native. Lavender was also named to the watch list for the Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player, besides being named the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. Lavender is also on pace to break Katie Smith’s OSU women’s career scoring record of 2,578 points. Lavender has scored 2,044 points in her career and averaged 20 points per game. OSU coach Jim Foster said team success — not individual honors — would define Lavender’s career as a Buckeye. “Preseason stuff’s nice, its great for setting expectations,” Foster said. “I think Jantel’s career will be measured by championships more so than points scored.” Lavender said one honor in particular would mean more to her than any other this season. “I’m not really an individualistically (sic) type of person, I’m more team-based,” Lavender said. “I don’t think that we’ve gotten to the place that I want to be, you know, as a far as a team. “I want a national championship. I think that we’ve said that every year and, you know, it’s easily said and not easily done.” read more

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Commentary Wayward Ohio StateMichigan rivalry will be rekindled

There is evidence to suggest the Ohio State versus Michigan football rivalry does not possess the same venom it once did, but the 2011 installment of “The Game” could reignite a once-passionate shared hatred between the two schools.The Buckeyes and Wolverines matchup has lacked interest of late, with Ohio State claiming six consecutive victory against “that team up north.” Not included in the winning streak is OSU’s 37-7 drubbing of Michigan in 2010 which was later vacated as part of the Buckeyes’ self-imposed penalties for NCAA rules infractions.During a Tuesday press conference, OSU coach Luke Fickell was asked if OSU players still define their careers by their performances against Michigan as they have been in years past.“It’s still the Ohio State-Michigan game, still the greatest rivalry in all sports,” Fickell said. “We wouldn’t attack it any other way.”Whether Fickell is correct or not, the fact that the question was asked suggests that some are speculating about “The Game’s” true significance.Fickell, along with Michigan coach Brady Hoke, has resorted to name calling in a vain attempt to emulate the way former OSU coach Woody Hayes would exchange barbs with the late, former Michigan coach, Bo Schembechler.Hoke has taken to referring to OSU as simply “Ohio,” and Fickell said Tuesday that his team wasn’t planning on using “hokey” trick plays against Michigan.“No pun intended,” a smiling Fickell said immediately following the remark, which elicited laughter from reporters.Hayes and Schembechler are dead — let’s not pretend that mimicking the “Ten-Year War” between Hayes and Schembechler’s “Ten Years” smack talk is going to bring this rivalry back to life.Methinks these quips aren’t necessary in order to restore the rivalry. The 2011 installment of the game should do the trick.The Buckeyes are 7 1/2-point underdogs heading into Saturday’s showdown at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to a Tuesday listing on Vegas.com.It’s unfamiliar territory for Buckeye Nation to see its football team predicted by experts to lose to Michigan, but a possible result could be the revitalization of the lukewarm OSU-Michigan rivalry.Should Michigan win Saturday and reclaim bragging rights for the first time in eight years, that would surely get Buckeyes fans’ blood boiling in Columbus, Ohio.A Michigan win could also put a stamp on what has already been a successful regular season campaign in Ann Arbor. After all, Michigan can clinch a share of the Big Ten Legends Division title, should Michigan State lose to Northwestern.Michigan State will represent the division in the inaugural Big Ten Title game, though Michigan is also No. 15 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.A win by OSU, which would extend its winning streak against the Wolverines to seven games, would be considered an upset, a bitter disappointment to Michigan fans that would likely restoke the flames of this feud.A seventh consecutive victory against Michigan would improve OSU’s overall record against the Wolverines to 44-53-6.If there was ever a year when Buckeye Nation would appreciate beating Michigan, it would be 2011. After months of reading of the football program’s misdeeds and waiting to hear of the NCAA’s punishment, which still yet to be announced, OSU fans would savor every bit of an upset win in Ann Arbor.The two coaches can’t breath life back into “The Game” with hot air, but this weekend could and should.The stage is set, and either an OSU or a Michigan win figures to cure what ails the wayward rivalry.Game on, boys and girls. read more

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Ohio State athletic department issues counterfeit ticket warning to football fans

The Ohio State athletic department warned fans in need of tickets to OSU football’s homecoming game against Nebraska to beware of counterfeit tickets. The warning urged fans to purchase tickets from The Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, OhioStateBuckeyes.com or Ticketmaster, the only authorized sellers of OSU athletics tickets. Tickets to the Nebraska game as well as all remaining home games can also be purchased through the Buckeyes TicketExchange at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/ticketexchange. TicketExchange is the only official ticket exchange site of OSU athletics and the only resale source that can guarantee the exchange of valid tickets, according to the Tuesday release. According to the message, fans that use any other source risk purchasing tickets that are “counterfeit, stolen or otherwise void, and as such will not allow the ticket holder admission into the event.” Dan Wallenberg, OSU athletics spokesman, said there have been no reports of counterfeit tickets this season, but there were some circulating toward the end of last year’s basketball season. “We realize it’s a big game and we’re just being proactive, making sure fans are aware that this could happen and to be wary of the possibility,” Wallenberg said. “Realizing the night game, the national TV, the demand for tickets for this particular game, we just wanted to get out in front of it.” OSU police chief Paul Denton did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Tuesday evening request for comment regarding counterfeit tickets. read more

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Softball rallies around firstyear coach

New coach, no problem. Despite being saddled with the difficult task of replacing a program legend, first-year Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly is embracing her new role at the helm of the Buckeyes softball team. Prior to Schoenly’s arrival from Miami (Ohio), OSU had been under the direction of former coach Linda Kalafatis, who compiled 538 wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances in her 16 seasons leading the Buckeyes. Kalafatis was let go in May after OSU declined to renew her contract. “I have a ton of respect for (Kalafatis) and the coaching staffs she’s brought to the program through the years,” Schoenly said. “We constantly tell the girls she’s part of our tradition … She’s a great coaching legend for the Ohio State softball program and I’m proud to follow in her footsteps.” While replacing a program stalwart is difficult enough, trying to get 21 players, 17 of whom played under the previous regime, to buy into a new coach’s identity can be equally challenging. “Every group of girls is going to have its own mentality,” Schoenly said. “So you just want to embrace the personalities in the group that you have. I’m not trying to change them, you have to find the strength in each kid and let it come out.” With wins against three ranked opponents (No. 8 Georgia, No. 16 Louisville and No. 14 Arizona), Schoenly’s Buckeyes are off to a hot start at 9-6. “I think the team has responded great,” said senior third baseman Megan Coletta. “It was a fresh start for everyone and the (new) coaches made it really easy with how they were open to us and very friendly with us.” Coletta said there haven’t been any issues with the new staff so far and that everything is going smoothly in the early season. “All of our new coaches are really energetic and lively,” said freshman utility fielder Cammi Prantl. “The team’s feeding off their energy and creating our own energy. I think everyone likes the positive environment.” During the transitional period after Kalafatis’ departure and Schoenly’s arrival, the team’s four seniors led off-season workouts to keep the women on the same page and to welcome the incoming freshmen to a coachless environment. “It’s not like we’re just freshmen to them,” Prantl said. “We’ve been included in the group the whole time.” The summer workouts paid dividends for the team’s eventual bonding once Schoenly was named coach. “This summer when there wasn’t a coach at all, the seniors were really involved with keeping the freshmen active,” Schoenly said. “(The seniors) were like little assistant coaches before we arrived, just keeping the freshmen on track and wanting to be here.” With the Big Ten season looming after OSU’s spring break, Schoenly said the real test begins once her team starts conference play against Indiana on March 22. Each day the OSU softball team spends together, they get closer and more familiar with the ways of their new head coach. The team knows the growing pains they suffer now will help them better prepare for the grind of conference play. “The adjustment is having to get to know all 21 (players),” Schoenly said. “You have to find out which buttons to push for which kids, and that takes some time to learn … My goal is to find out which kids fit what roles and to put them in positions to have success.” OSU is next scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m. in College Park, Md. read more

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Poor shooting dooms Ohio State mens basketball against Indiana 7264

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives past an opposing player during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said it was the little things — like missing free throws — that cost his team against Penn State last week.That song remained the same Sunday, as the Buckeyes shot 14-23 from the line compared to 17-21 for Indiana, helping the Hoosiers prevail, 72-64.The free throw line was not the only place No. 22 OSU (22-8, 9-8, sixth in the Big Ten) struggled against the Hoosiers, as the Buckeyes failed to make a 3-pointer in the game, finishing 0-11.A layup by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. with 51 seconds left brought the Buckeyes within six points, but the Hoosiers (17-12, 7-9, seventh in the Big Ten) made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off OSU.The Buckeyes started out strong, much like they did against Penn State Thursday, and led 20-12 after a free throw by Smith Jr. at the 7:54 mark of the first half.That lead didn’t stand, however, as the Hoosiers ripped off 16 straight points to take the lead, 28-20. A pair of layups and a free throw by OSU helped to stop the bleeding, but Indiana still finished the first half on a 21-5 run on its way to a 33-25 halftime advantage.The Buckeyes attempted to fight their way back into the game for the majority of the second half, but were unable to get closer than two in the second half.Indiana was called for its ninth foul of the second half with 10:50 left, but OSU failed to take advantage of the double-bonus, only shooting five free throws for the rest of the game.OSU trailed 58-53 after a layup by junior forward LaQuinton Ross with 3:55 remaining, but Hoosiers’ sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea then finished an alley oop while getting fouled by Ross. It was Ross’ fifth personal foul of the game, and he exited with 19 points.The Buckeyes struggled the rest of the way to score without Ross on the floor, missing multiple jump shots as they tried to get back in the game.Smith Jr. also tallied 19 points for the Buckeyes, who have now lost back-to-back games after winning six out of seven previous games.The Hoosiers were led by leading scorer and sophomore guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, who scored a game-high 20 points and dished out four assists. Senior forward Will Sheehey had 19 points and six rebounds.OSU senior guard Aaron Craft struggled offensively for the Buckeyes, going 2-11 from the field to finish with seven points. His three steals in the game gave him 324 in his career, tying him for the most all-time in the Big Ten with former Illinois guard Bruce Douglas.The loss drops OSU to sixth in the Big Ten standings, just a half game behind No. 20 Iowa and Nebraska for fourth place. The top four teams in the final Big Ten standings earn a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, set to begin March 13.The Buckeyes have a week off before their next scheduled game, as they are set to host No. 18 Michigan State Sunday on Senior Day. Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Big Ten proposes new studentathlete benefits to NCAA

The Big Ten conference has submitted a set of recommendations to the NCAA — including redefining the cost of education and providing improved medical insurance — that it says would improve the college experience for student-athletes who are in “good-standing” with their respective universities.The release is in response to the NCAA’s new autonomy structure that was announced in August which allows the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific 12 and Southeastern conferences to make their own rules concerning scholarships, full cost of attendance and health care for student-athletes.The release by the Big Ten listed four main suggestions its made to the NCAA includingCost of education: Make sure full grant-in-aid meets a student-athlete’s cost of education, as determined by the federal government.Multi-years Scholarships: Guarantee all scholarships so even if a student-athlete is no longer able to compete, there won’t be an impact on a university’s commitment to provide an undergraduate education — no matter what the reason is that student can’t compete.Lifetime educational commitment: Ensure that scholarships don’t have an expiration date, so if a student-athlete leaves a university for a professional career before graduating — whether the career materializes, and regardless of its length — the scholarship will be honored after his or her playing days are complete.Medical insurance: Provide improved and consistent insurance for student-athletes.The release added that Big Ten athletic programs provide almost $200 million in direct financial aid to student-athletes on 350 teams in 42 separate sports. read more

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Urban Meyer This is not another game this is The Game

With a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game locked up and a 42-27 win against Indiana in the rearview mirror, Urban Meyer and Ohio State have their sights set on archrival Michigan.Meyer — entering his third Michigan week as the Buckeyes’ coach — met with the media on Monday to discuss The Game and what it means to everyone involved, and also touched on some key points from OSU’s Saturday win over the Hoosiers.Meyer said he is “very pleased” to have another crack at the Big Ten title game this season.He said junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, senior wide receivers Evan Spencer and Devin Smith, and redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith graded as champions on offense against Indiana.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall were the players of the game on offense, Meyer said.Marshall was also the player of the game on special teams.Meyer said sophomore safety Vonn Bell, junior linebacker Joshua Perry, sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington and freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan were champions on defense.He said senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett was the defensive player of the game.Meyer on the Indiana game: “We put that one to bed rather quickly” with Michigan on the horizon.He said OSU-Michigan matchup is not like any other game. “That’s the way it is here, and that’s the way it should be.”“This is not another game, this is The Game,” Meyer said.“How to have fun is to sing the fight song in the locker room after a win against your rivals,” he said of the mindset he wants his players to have going into the game.Meyer said he likes to educate the players about the rivalry to make sure they understand the significance.He said “there are great players there,” in reference to Michigan.Meyer said he expects the Wolverines to raise their level of play against the Buckeyes: “Their personnel will play their very best against us.”He said Bennett has been “outstanding” for the last month.Meyer said it is “very important to be hitting your stride” at this point in the season.He called the Buckeyes the “most improved team out there.”Meyer said “motivation won’t be an issue” even though Michigan has a 5-6 record this season.When asked if he ever thought he would be recruited by OSU in high school, Meyer joked: “Of course I did, my mom told me I was a great player. Things didn’t work out. I was waiting for that letter, it never happened.”He stressed that having a chance to sing the fight song after a win is the way to have fun with a rivalry game.The Game is scheduled for Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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Mens Lacrosse No 5 Ohio State faces No 11 Notre Dame in

Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Former Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will face its biggest test of the season to this point when it travels to take on No. 11 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday.Despite being the only undefeated team left in Division I, the Buckeyes (6-0) have yet to face a ranked opponent this season, and the Fighting Irish (4-2) will be the first.“To beat a team like Notre Dame, you’re going to have to be pretty buttoned up in almost every area, so that’s where our focus has been,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.The No. 5 Buckeyes come into the game with some rest after their game scheduled against Denver last Saturday was canceled due to weather conditions.Myers said he was disappointed in not being able to play, but said the team used its break to come together as a team. But not playing a game since March 9 could prove to be costly for the Buckeyes.“Having two weeks off presents some positives but also so some challenges,” Myers said. “There’s a rhythm that you lose.”Notre Dame got back to its winning ways against Michigan on Tuesday, winning the contest 12-9 off the heels of senior Brendan Gleason’s two goals and an assist. The Fighting Irish also have two ranked wins against No. 4 Maryland and No. 13 Denver.The matchup between the two teams look very similar on paper. Ohio State and Notre Dame have a nearly identical scoring defense, with the Buckeye ranked 12th and Notre Dame ranked 13th. To Myers, the X play will be crucial to the overall success of Ohio State.Ohio State’s sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio has been dominant this season in the faceoff circle with a 63.6 win percentage. Inacio has also been massive on the ground game, ranking No. 5 in ground balls, recording 10.17 per game.Ohio State junior midfielder Christian Feliziani has helped a lot with the faceoff unit, not only with his on-field performance, but through his leadership.“Because of an injury, I couldn’t do a lot in the fall physically, so I tried to use my voice and what I could from the sidelines,” Feliziani said. “I would like to say I was a coach kind of.”Notre Dame  junior faceoff specialist Charles Leonard picked up a career-high 16 ground balls last week against Michigan, and was also dominant in the faceoff play, winning an impressive 20-of-24 faceoffs.Saturday will be the 44th matchup between the teams, with Notre Dame leading the series 34-9.No. 5 Ohio State will take on No. 11 Notre Dame on the road at 1 p.m Saturday. read more

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Sweet natured dog helps students ward off anxiety

first_imgShe is good natured, friendly and simply loves to play, which makes her the perfect candidate to help students at one British university remain calm and relaxed in the face of mounting stress.Tanlaw Millie, an 11-year-old Cockapoo, is being used by the University of Buckingham in an effort to ward off anxiety and depression, conditions that are increasingly afflicting teenage girls and young women in particular.The dog was bought by the university after research found that stroking pets can help to alleviate stress. Studies from the Department of Education have shown a rise in the number of teenage girls, suffering from anxiety and depression.Tanlaw Millie – named after the University’s Student Union building, Tanlaw Mill – has certainly gone down well with this year’s new undergraduates.Sean Ruane, 26, a business enterprise student at the university, said: “I’ve suffered from depression a couple of times. Depression is sometimes knows as the black dog but it feels more like a black wolf. For me being able to pet Tanlaw Millie lifts my spirits.“Dogs have unconditional love and that’s something you don’t find in all humans – it’s priceless.”Studies have found that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.Sir Anthony Seldon,  University of Buckingham Vice-Chancellor, who has written books on mental health and well-being, said: “I think all universities should invest in a campus canine. There’s nothing more relaxing that petting a puppy and you can’t help but smile when she jumps up onto your lap. The stress just melts away. “Many students are pet-starved because their beloved four-legged friends are back home. Being able to stroke a playful puppy is the best medicine for a stressed student. A dog is a student’s best friend.“Universities are failing to address mental health problems even though they are on the rise.”Sir Anthony is a supporter of mental health charity Sane, which is running a campaign to get universities, schools and businesses to dis Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Muslim father whose children were taken into care concocted complex conspiracy theory

first_imgThe parents, in particular the father, thought that there had been a ‘conspiracy’ and that the professionals had not acted appropriatelyMr Justice Baker A Muslim man whose children have been taken into care after a High Court judge decided that they had been abused has complained of social workers being prejudiced against him.Mr Justice Baker has concluded two boys had been been hit, punched and kicked by their father – and said beatings had been “plainly abusive”.He concluded that the couple had used “physical abuse” in a bid to discipline their large family and has ruled that all their children should live away from home.The man had spoken of “the racism in this country” – and he and his wife thought that there had been a “conspiracy” against them. Detail has emerged in the latest in a number of rulings on the case by Mr Justice Baker following private family court hearings in London.Local authority social services bosses had asked the judge to make decisions about where the youngsters’ best interests lay. No one involved was identified.The father had put forward a “complex conspiracy theory” to explain allegations made by his children, said the judge.He had also said at one stage “you have to understand the racism in this country” and had added “a white jury will always a convict a black man”.”They acknowledged that they had used physical chastisement, but not that there had been significant harm caused to any of the children as a result,” said Mr Justice Baker.”There was further evidence that the parents, in particular the father, thought that there had been a ‘conspiracy’ and that the professionals had not acted appropriately.”The parents reported physically chastising the children by ‘a tap on the bottom’, ‘a clip on the ear’ and ‘a tap on the hand’.”The judge said: “He acknowledged that he and his wife had practised physical chastisement in a minor way but not the kicking and punching described by the local authority which this court had found. He … asserted that the local authority is prejudiced against him.”However, Mr Justice Baker concluded the allegations had been proved and said: “The parents used physical abuse as a method of trying to maintain discipline over their large family which they struggled to control.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Police force considers bringing back iconic hat to help short officers stand

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Page said: “On the helmets proposal, I can indicate we would be up for working with you on that. We would obviously like a bit more detail. We would be up for working with thepolice on trialling a helmet initiative in the town.”In 2009 Thames Valley police officers switched from traditional uniforms to black combat trousers and polo shirts, although a plan to introduce baseball caps was scrapped.West Yorkshire police ended the use of traditional helmets last year, arguing that peaked caps were less likely to fall off and could be worn in a car.The custodian helmet, which replaced the top hat formerly in use, was first used by the Metropolitan police in 1863.Originally made of cork and covered by felt or serge, it was based on the spiked Pickelhaube worn by the Prussian army. Later they were made from hard-wearing plastic.Over the years it became a cultural icon: one of the most famous images of the miners’ strike of 1984-85 showed a picket wearing a toy helmet facing a line of helmet-clad police at Orgreave.A helmet was used to protect the modesty of Michael O’Brien, who streaked at Twickenham in 1974.The equivalent for female officers is a “bowler” hat, which still affords the same protection as the male custodian.From the 1930s to the 1960s, police in Brighton wore white helmets in the summer, as they kept the head cooler.Other forces using the custodian helmet include Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Bermuda. Jack Warner in his role as Dixon of Dock Green The iconic tall British police helmet is making a comeback as officers look to stand out from the crowd.Known as the custodian, the traditional bobby on the beat helmet famously worn by Dixon of Dock Green has been disappearing in recent years as forces opt for flatter, more modern headgear.But now Thames Valley police, one of the forces which scrapped the hard woodentop, is considering reintroducing them on a trial basis. Police officers outside the Orgreave coking plant near Rotherhamcenter_img Anthony Stansfeld, the police and crime commissioner of Thames Valley police, told The Times they could be brought back into use in Reading town centre.He suggested that shorter officers in modern peaked caps were not always visible to the public.Mr Stansfeld said: “It’s a daytime thing, people don’t see the police very often I think. The officers are no longer all six foot, we have brains as well as brawn these days. I think it would be a good move but that is a personal view and we will do a consultation on it.”No cost estimate has yet been revealed for the revival but Tony Page, the deputy leader of Reading borough council, gave it his backing. Police officers outside the Orgreave coking plant near RotherhamCredit:PA Jack Warner in his role as Dixon of Dock GreenCredit:Central Press/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Cockatoo filmed making tools from twigs wood and cardboard to reach nut

first_imgCockatoos have been filmed making the same tool from three different kinds of material, proving for the first time that they have a design in mind and are anticipating how it can be used.Tool manufacture was once thought to be unique to humans, but in recent years many animals such as chimps, crows, finches and vultures have been seen to make their own tools.The Goffin’s cockatoo, which his native to Indonesia, is not known to use tools in the wild, but have learned in captivity. One bird, called Figaro, who lives at the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, previously displayed the ability to spontaneously make tools by biting long splinters out of the wooden beams of its cage, which he then used to rake pieces of food that were otherwise out of reach.Three others have since followed, showing that making such tools is within the capacity of the species. The cockatoo perforated the cardboard with bites then tore off the strip to be used as a tool to knock the nut off the perch The cockatoo perforated the cardboard with bites then tore off the strip to be used as a tool to knock the nut off the perch However scientists could not tell if the birds intended to make the shape, because the wood would naturally splinter into a long shape anyway. To test if the birds were aiming to make elongated tools that could bridge a particular distance, the researchers in Vienna and Oxford University gave them the problem of reaching a piece of food placed a few centimetres beyond a circular hole in the transparent wall of a box.They were given four different materials that required different manipulations to produce suitable tools: larch wood, leafy beech twigs , cardboard and beeswax.”While none of the birds succeeded in making tools out of beeswax, we found that at least some of them could make suitable tools from the three remaining materials,” said Dr Alice Auersperg, who heads the Goffin Laboratory at the University of Veterinary Medicine. The successful parrots made well-shaped tools, even though each material required different manipulation techniques.To make tools out of larch wood, they bit the material once or twice and tore off the resulting splinter. To use the leafy twigs, they snapped off redundant leaves and side branches until what was left was usable. Finally, to make cardboard tools, they simply cut what was necessary from the edge of the sheet provided.‘To us, the tools made from cardboard were the most interesting ones, as this material was not pre-structured and required the birds to shape their tools more actively,” added Dr Auersperg.” They succeeded by placing a large number of parallel bite marks along the edge of the material like a hole punch, using their curved upper beak to cut the elongated piece out of the cardboard block after reaching a certain length.”Interestingly, this length was usually just above or very close to the minimum length required to reach the food reward placed behind the barrier.” Co-author Professor Alex Kacelnik, from the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, said: ‘Ultimately, we want to understand how animals think – namely, to produce the equivalent of explicit computer programs capable of doing what the birds do.”We really don’t know if the birds can picture in their minds an object that doesn’t yet exist and follow this image as a template to build something new, or how their brains elicit the appropriate set of movements to organise their response to novel problems, but this is what we are trying to find out.”The research was published in the journal Biology Letters.  Cockatoos clearly have a design in mind when they begin fashioning tools  Cockatoos clearly have a design in mind when they begin fashioning tools  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A nut was placed out of reach and the birds had to solve the problem of how to reach it A nut was placed out of reach and the birds had to solve the problem of how to reach itlast_img read more

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Durham student counsellor acted out training scenario by raping drunk woman in

first_imgThe entrance gate to Durham University A student at a top university acted out a rape fantasy he dreamt up while training to be a counsellor for other undergraduates, a court heard.Alistair Cooke, 22, who was in his third year studying geography at Durham University, allegedly raped a 23-year-old fellow student while she was drunk on rum punch, later admitting he felt “shady” about what he had done.Durham Crown Court heard the rape followed exactly the same course as a scenario Cooke invented as he trained to become a counsellor with the university’s Nightline service, designed to help students who were suffering problems. During the evening the woman drank rum punch and gin and tonic and appeared very drunk. She went home upset and couldn’t remember leaving the partyShaun Dodds, prosecuting, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The entrance gate to Durham UniversityCredit: Washington Imaging / Alamy Stock Photo The incident followed the same path that Cooke had invented weeks earlier.The court was told that training to become a Nightline counsellor involved role play and that other students would pretend to be victims of sexual assaults.Cooke, however, pretended to be the attacker when it came to his turn to play a role.Another student present at the session told the court: “Instead of pretending he had been raped he would talk about how he had followed somebody home, that they had sex and that she woke up in the morning and was weird, that her mates were angry at him and now he was feeling a bit sick.”The court was told he used the same “emotional words” he later used after the real rape.Cooke, who is from the village of Perranarworthal in Cornwall, denies three counts of rape, but Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, told the court the girl was too drunk to have consented.She told the court that she woke up dazed and found she and her alleged attacker were naked in bed.In the days that followed she began texting him to ask for an explanation about what he had done.She texted: “You hurt me” to which he replied: “I am really worried about you, please can you tell me what is going through your mind, I’ve never wanted to hurt you and I feel awful that is how you feel.”She continued: “Why did you ask me who you were?”His reply said: “Because I wasn’t sure how awake/aware you were.”She responded: “And you don’t think there is anything wrong with any of that?”He texted back: “That night I definitely wasn’t in a clear state of mind but I never felt like I got any signals for you that it was wrong. Now I feel it was shady and more in the grey and that makes me worried and a bit sick.”Responding angrily, she texted: “So you let yourself into my house when everyone was asleep, checked I was awake enough to say who you were (after coaxing) and then moved me to my bed to have sex. And now you’re starting to feel it was a bit shady?”He replied: “I’m with friends and have had some drink I will give you a proper reply when I am sober.”She responded: “Maybe you should stop drinking.”The court was told that at the party Cooke took selfies of himself with the girl even though she was too drunk to remember the pictures being taken, leaving the party or getting home.The court was told the picture showed the “extremely tall” Cooke looming over the complainant, leaning in to make the picture appear intimate.Prosecutor Mr Dodds told the jury: “During the evening the woman drank rum punch and gin and tonic and appeared very drunk. She went home upset and couldn’t remember leaving the party.”Mr Dodds said the party host was concerned and went after her to ensure she got home safely as she was speaking in a garbled manner and stumbling in the street, barging into things.She was placed on the sofa at home covered by a duvet, but minutes later the defendant entered the house.Although he told one of the woman’s housemates he was going home, he remained at the property.Mr Dodds said the female student later recalled being in her bedroom and not knowing how she got there.She recalled being completely naked in bed and the defendant being in the room, saying: “It’s Ali. Who am I?”Mr Dodds said the woman told police she recalled the defendant putting on a condom and moving her round into different positions to have sex, some of which were painful.But she said the following morning when she woke, she was “confused and surprised”, as the defendant was in the room, before, “in due course”, he left.Mr Dodds told the court: “She said that whatever happened in that room, it was without her consent.”The trial continues. Other students were unnerved when Cooke pretended to have followed a drunk woman home and had sex with her, using the same emotional language he later used following the real rape, the jury heard.On June 1, 2015 the alleged victim invited Cooke to a party saying she “felt sorry for him as he seemed to be depressed.”Whilst there the woman, who was also studying at Durham, became in her own words “very very very drunk” on rum punch and gin and tonic.She left the party unable to speak coherently and went to her shared house nearby, but Cooke followed her home and let himself in, finding her sleeping on a sofa.The court was told he then asked her to repeat his name to check she was awake enough to have sex, before moving her to her bed where he put on a condom and raped her three times.Three days after the rape he admitted to the girl by text: “Now I feel it was shady, more in the grey. It makes me worried and a bit sick.”last_img read more

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Pictured wedged in a front door the man who got stuck as

first_imgManchester burglar The occupant, a woman in her 60s, saw him suspended from the window after she returned from a trip out.Crawshaw, 47, had shimmied up the drainpipe and managed to poke his head through the window – but the rest of him failed to follow. The locks of the house are said to have been changed amid an evictionCredit:Charlotte Graham/Guzelian He was found stuck kneeling on the windowsill and when police officers PC Dolan and PC Grady arrived on scene the fire service was called. It took 20 minutes to free him in the incident last December.Crawshaw pleaded guilty to burglary at Minshull Street Crown Court and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Andy Ripley, a local resident, captured the moment on camera after watching the situation unfold at around 3.45pm on Monday.He said: “He attracted quite a crowd. I think he has been evicted from his house, or is due to be and he couldn’t get in because the landlord changed the locks. “So he decided to break the front window and climb in. But he got a bit stuck. No one helped him. It was all very odd.”A friend of the man arrived with a pair of ladders and once he was freed from the door, the man used the ladders to gain access to the property using the first floor window.A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers attended and found no crime had been committed.”In February, pictures emerged of a hapless burglar who had to be rescued after getting wedged in a bathroom window in Greater Manchester. In a hole: Sean Crawshaw was caught dangling from the upstairs window of a house he was trying to raidCredit:Mercury Press The hapless burglar was found stuck kneeling on the windowsill of the houseCredit:Mercury Presscenter_img Manchester burglar stuck A man attempting to break into a house drew a crowd when he became stuck in the front door for a quarter of an hour.The man, who it is claimed once lived at the property before the locks were changed amid an eviction, was attempting to access the house in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.Witnesses said the man had smashed a window in the door with a brick, before clearing the glass with a stick.He then tried to squeeze through a gap in the door, but became stuck for 15 minutes.As a crowd gathered, the man was helplessly trying to struggle through. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The locks of the house are said to have been changed amid an eviction Sean Crawshaw, from Radcliffe, was caught dangling from the upstairs window of a house he was trying to raid.last_img read more

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Scottish economy performed half as well as UK last year

first_img“By making Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK, the Scottish Government risks damaging, rather than growing, our economy.”Dean Lockhart, the Tory economy spokesman said the SNP could not blame anyone else, adding: “It’s not because of Brexit and not because of Westminster. It’s been caused by the actions of a short-sighted, high-tax and anti-business SNP government.” Nicola Sturgeon said her government was working to support businessCredit:PA New figures have revealed that Scotland’s economy performed only half as well as the rest of the UK last year, amid warnings that tax hikes taking effect from Friday risk damaging to economic growth.The latest Scottish Government statistics show that GDP grew by 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2017.Annual growth for Scotland was 0.8 per cent higher than the previous 12 months, but the UK economy grew over the same period by 1.8 per cent.The Scottish Conservatives said the statistics were the fault of SNP administrations that have been in charge of the country’s economy for more than a decade.David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, claimed that while it was good that GDP continued to grow, for the fourth quarter in a row, it was ”increasingly concerning that a significant gap persists between Scotland’s economy and the rest of the UK”.He added: “The Scottish Government has the powers to boost productivity and strengthen the economy, and must use them to close this gap. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. david mundell The Liberal Democrats branded the figures “pathetic”, with the party’s economy spokesman Cllr Carolyn Caddick stating: “People will be disappointed that for all their speeches SNP ministers have not been able to keep pace with the growth in the rest of the UK. UK growth itself is pretty pathetic.”Nicola Sturgeon, visiting a power firm in Dumbarton, said her government was working to support businesses despite t”he Brexit headwinds”.She added: “This is the fourth consecutive quarter of positive economic growth in Scotland and we are seeing growth his year that is stronger than the growth in our economy last year.”Its important that we continue to support businesses and companies across Scotland to see that growth accelerate – that’s why we’re investing in research and development, its why we’ve set out plans to establish a National Investment Bank, investing in manufacturing and supporting the economy in every way.”Of course one of the biggest challenges Scotland and the UK faces over the next few years is Brexit, which is why its so in the interests of our economy to see Scotland remaining in the single market.”Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, said that compared to the same point in 2016, Scotland’s economy grew by 1.1 per cent. nicola sturgeon “Scotland deserves better than SNP ministers content to put their fingers in their ears, do nothing and blame bad economic performance on Brexit.” Scotland’s quarterly growth was slightly up from the previous quarter figure of 0.2 per cent, and slightly behind the 0.4 per cent economic growth seen across Britain.However, construction decline by 2.6 per cent, the eighth consecutive fall, with agriculture, forestry and fishing also reduced.The services sector, making up about 75 per cent of Scotland’s economy, grew by 0.5 per cent while output in the production sector was up by 0.9 per cent. David Mundell said Scottish Government tax hikes risked damaging the economyCredit:Getty The Scottish Parliament ratified the SNP administration’s tax plans in February, which will mean people earning over £26,000 paying more tax than those south of the border.The new five-band system creates a 19p “starter” rate for lower earners and a 21p “intermediate” rate for earnings over £24,000. A penny has also been added to both the higher and top rates of tax, making them 41p and 46p respectively.Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour’s economy spokesman, said any amount of economic growth was welcome, but claimed the figures exposed “how Scotland’s pitiful economic growth under the SNP is low and slow”.She added: “Scotland’s economy is still lagging far behind the rest of the UK, while the continued contraction in the construction sector is a particular concern. He added: ”These figures are welcome, but we are determined to do more to grow our economy.”last_img read more

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Armed Forces told to ignore rank in bid to prevent suicides

The higher degree of risk and pressure in the armed forces can lead to suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans says, as new support is offered to service personnel.Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley The higher degree of risk and pressure in the armed forces can lead to suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans says, as new support is offered to service personnel. Soldiers must report their superiors if they think they are a suicide risk, the first ever suicide prevention booklet given to the armed forces says.The new pocket guide to help armed forces personnel spot and support those who may be struggling with their mental health will be launched on September 4th. The guide, jointly launched by Samaritans and the Ministry of Defence, gives advice on how to identify signs that someone may be having difficulties and considering suicide. It suggests ways of offering support and gives information on where help can be found.All military personnel and reserves, some 200,000 people, will have access to either a hard copy or digital version of the booklet.A loss of personal discipline, drinking alone and appearing “not quite there” are all warning signs, the guide says. Using negative statements such as ‘it’s like everything is against me’ could be an indication the individual is struggling.‘Being in the armed forces means you are exposed to a higher degree of risk and pressure than you might expect in other jobs,’ the booklet states. The guide champions ‘looking after your mates’ and is specifically designed to promote peer support amongst those serving, regardless of rank.   Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said: “Mental health issues can affect anyone and I want to ensure no one in our military suffers in silence. It is vital that service personnel know where to turn to in times of crisis, and this guide will raise awareness of the support available”.“By helping our people to spot the early signs that someone may be struggling, we give them the best chance of a full recovery.”The booklet will also help personnel spot signs that colleagues may be having suicidal thoughts and provides information on how such a situation should be approached, and where support is available.The military rate of suicide was 8 per 100,000 in 2017, compared to 18 per 100,000 in the general population in 2016. Although the number of military personnel who take their lives continues to be below rates for the general population, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood, said: “We’re committed to ensuring that those who need help are able to get the support they need”.Mr Ellwood has previously championed the cause of mental health care for the armed forces, having revealed his army veteran uncle killed himself having suffered depression in silence.The guide acknowledges suicide is a complex issue and says there is rarely only one reason why someone chooses to take their own life. It highlights homesickness, losing custody of a child, long-term separation and the recent loss of a friend or loved one as being possible triggers. Loss of identity for those leaving the armed forces is also a concern.The booklet is the first in a series of joint initiatives by the Samaritans and the MoD to offer training and support to serving personnel, veterans and their families who are struggling with mental health issues. The programme has been funded by £3.5 million from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate.Samaritans CEO, Ruth Sutherland, said: “Samaritans is committed to bringing the expertise we have gained in training people to provide peer support to the military, in order to prevent suicides. This is the first step in a journey to provide a variety of support for serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families.”The Ministry of Defence is now spending £220 million over the next decade to improve mental health services for serving personnel. In February of this year, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also announced the establishment of a 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline for serving personnel and their families, funded by the MoD and run by the charity Combat Stress. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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University funds dog walking for students to stop them becoming stressed ahead

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The charity Pets as Therapy often visits us during exam periods so that students can pet the dogs, with the most recent session seeing hundreds of people queueing out the door- so we know this initiative is going to be hugely popular.“We also hope to reduce some of the stigma which still surrounds mental health and raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity for mental wellbeing.”Other welfare initiatives offered by the university include wellbeing advice sessions, resilience and wellbeing workshops, talking therapies, an exercise referral scheme and a student-designed wellbeing app. A university has funded dog walking for students in order to prevent stress during the exam season.The University of East Anglia, in Norwich, received around £12,000 of funding to help improve student well-being through physical activity. Part of this money is going towards pet therapy.Students will be able to go on walks with dogs to Cromer beach and Thetford Forest. The dogs will be lent to the university by academics and members of the public. The university is also in contact with a local dog day care to see if they can lend their animals to the cause.The initiative is funded by the taxpayer through Sport England, which receives money from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, as well as being partially-funded by the National Lottery.Research by UEA academic Professor Andy Jones from the Norwich Medical School suggests that the benefits of dog walking are significant, he said: “Our studies have shown that dog walking helps people to maintain their physical activity levels. In addition it is known that there are a wide range of social and mental health benefits.”Phil Steele, Director of Sport and Commercial Services, added: “Many students live away from their family homes and pets, so having contact with animals can be stress-relieving for them. read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex move into Frogmore Cottage in time for

Frogmore Cottage, which is about half a mile south of the Queen’s favourite residence Windsor Castle, is close to Frogmore House where the duke and duchess held their evening wedding reception.Frogmore House is also where Harry and Meghan posed for their official engagement photos. It has been a Royal Residence since 1792 and was built in around 1680 by Charles II’s architect. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have moved out of Kensington Palace and into their new home Frogmore Cottage.The couple are settling into their new life away from London on the Windsor Estate, having carried out extensive renovations to the house, as they wait for their first child to put in an appearance.The Duke and Duchess whose baby is due later this month, have split their household from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are still based at Kensington Palace.The Sussexes have lived at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace since their engagement and following their wedding.When their new official residence was announced in November last year, Kensington Palace said: “Windsor is a very special place for their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.”The estimated cost to the taxpayer of the renovations is £3 million. The palace have not yet confirmed plans for the Duchess’ birth, with reports she has chosen a maternity unit close to Windsor, rather than opting for the Lindo Wing in London like Kate did with her three children. Work on the listed property in Berkshire – including changing it from staff apartments into one mansion – overran and it was reported that the couple made constant design changes, meaning the builders fell behind schedule.The duke and duchess, who will foot the bill for furnishings, are said to have hired former Soho House interior designer Vicky Charles to transform their new pad. Frogmore was the scene of the Sussexes' wedding reception Frogmore House, near to the cottage, is open to the public for a few days each year In 1923, the Queen’s parents – the future George VI and Queen Elizabeth – spent part of their honeymoon there.The name Frogmore is derived from the frogs which have always lived in the low lying marshy area.Harry and Meghan’s office and staff will be based at Buckingham Palace. Frogmore House, near to the cottage, is open to the public for a few days each year Frogmore was the scene of the Sussexes’ wedding reception read more

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Church of England announces new 10 commandments for social media

One of the commandments mirrors Christianity’s “golden rule” by urging followers to speak to others online as you would speak to them in person. Another warns people to remember they may be held accountable for posts that could remain online forever.In a plea for kindness, the rules also encourage users to give credit if citing or sharing the work of others.The Church hopes the digital charter will be “a resource for Christians, people of other faiths and people of no faith”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Welby said: “Social media has transformed the way we live our lives. “Each time we interact online we have the opportunity either to add to currents of cynicism and abuse or to choose instead to share light and grace.” The Church of England will issue a set of social media commandments to combat “cynicism and abuse” online.Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will outline them on Monday in a live video message from Facebook’s British headquarters.He will encourage users to follow 10 “community guidelines” in a digital charter drawn up to reflect Christian values.People will be able to pledge to abide by them by posting a link on social media. The guidance acknowledges that social media provides “many joys”, such as its “immediate, interactive, conversational and open-ended” platform. But it says there can be “downsides” if users “do not apply the same common sense, kindness and sound judgment which we would use in a face-to-face encounter”. read more

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Police hunting £48m golden lavatory thieves release man 66 on bail

Guide book showing the location of works by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace including “America”, a solid gold toilet that has apparently been stolen.Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley Guide book showing the location of works by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace including "America", a solid gold toilet that has apparently been stolen. “From the speed the robbery was executed we can say for sure they are great performers,” he said.“Dear thieves, please, if you are reading this, let me know how much you like the piece and how it feels to pee on gold,” he added.Cattelan described his golden lavatory as “the 1 per cent for the 99 per cent, and I hope it still is. I want to be positive and think the robbery is a kind of Robin Hood-inspired action.” The golden lavatory, on display in New York Investigating officer Detective Inspector Jess Milne said: “We are still actively searching for the stolen piece of artwork and there will be a continued police presence in and around the palace while this search continues.“We believe a group of people used at least two vehicles during the burglary, which was reported to Thames Valley Police at 4.57am on Saturday.“Investigations are continuing and it is our main priority to locate the stolen item and the offenders involved.“I would urge anybody with any information about the burglary, no matter how insignificant you believe this to be, to call the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting URN 273.” “Who’s so stupid to steal a toilet? America was the 1% for the 99%, and I hope it still is. I want to be positive and think the robbery is a kind of Robin Hood-inspired action…”- Maurizio Cattelan#RIPgoldtoilethttps://t.co/Ol7x6CfGjF pic.twitter.com/4QLBuCbgZN— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) September 16, 2019 Blenheim Palace said the robbery caused  “significant damage and flooding” and released a picture of the stall today.The lavatory, plumbed into the water system so that visitors could fully engage with the artwork, is worth £4.8 million and its creator, Maurizio Cattelan, 58, said the burglars who stole it were “the real artists”. Mr Hare did not think the man was an employee and had no idea how police had connected him to the lavatory. Police searching for a gang of burglars who stole a solid gold lavatory from Blenheim Palace have released a 66 year-old man on bail.He had been taken in for questioning just hours after the artwork was ripped out of an interior wall at the country house where Winston Churchill was born.This morning, Dominic Hare, Chief Executive of Blenheim Palace told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “You always take a risk in showing art. We have a sophisticated security system, but are now challenged to look hard at ourselves.”Last month, Edward Spencer-Churchill, half-brother of the current Duke of Marlborough and founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation, told the Sunday Times: “It’s not going to be the easiest thing to nick.“Firstly, it’s plumbed in and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate. So no, I don’t plan to be guarding it.” “Our imagination runs wild, but they are still holding him so they must be convinced there’s a clear connection,” he added.Asked if the artist could have played a part in the theft, Mr Hare said: “I think he would be mortified by that suggestion and has said so. That simply hasn’t happened here.”But he is right. He feels like he is in a heist movie and I think it took him quite a few minutes to comprehend that this had actually happened.”He was mortified, shocked, praying that it was a prank and that it would come back. Now he’s just reflecting, I think.”Ticket holders who booked three-minute time slots to see the fully functioning lavatory will be reimbursed.“They could fully perform on it if they wished, but most people couldn’t time it that way so they just took selfies,” Mr Hare said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The golden lavatory, on display in New YorkCredit:Jacopo Zotti / PA read more

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54yearold seamstress killed struck down by a canter in Parika

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related6 – Year – old killed along Parika main roadNovember 10, 2014In “Crime”Truck driver dies after Greenwich crashOctober 1, 2016In “latest news”Elderly woman killed after canter slams into her at HoustonAugust 10, 2017In “Crime” Bernice Gordon in happier timesReports indicate that Bernice Gordon of Parika, East Bank Essequibo, was walking towards the junction at around 20:00hrs to accompany her daughter home from work when she was struck down by a canter travelling in the opposite direction.Gordon’s body was reportedly flung several feet away and after suffering injuries to her neck, back and shoulder, she died instantly.The woman was rushed to the Leonora Hospital at approximately 20:30hrs where she was pronounced dead on arrival. A post mortem will be conducted on her body later today.The driver of the canter is presently in police custody and sources say that he is a former police officer.Gordon mothered four children, one of whom died prior to this incident. She is also said to be a widower.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) A 54-year-old seamstress was last night killed after she was struck down by a canter at the Parika junction, East Bank Essequibo. read more

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Surgery success for Bangladeshi girl with three legs

(BBC) A Bangladeshi toddler born with a third leg attached to her pelvis is returning home after successful surgery in Australia.Choity Khatun, who is three, was born with caudal twinning, meaning that part of a twin had developed in her pelvis.Choity, seen here with her mother Shima, can now run around, her doctor says (AFP photo)Australian surgeons spent months working out how to remove the extra limb and reconstruct her pelvic area.The toddler was brought to Australia from her village in Bangladesh by a charity, Children First Foundation.Dr Chris Kimber, head of surgery at Monash Children’s Hospital in Victoria, said Choity’s case was very rare and the surgery had been “daunting”.“The operation is sort of determined by the individual and you have to spend a lot of time trying to analyse what’s there and then plan a procedure that takes that into account,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.The Australian team held extensive discussions with doctors in Bangladesh, who had already performed some surgery.The team had to determine whether further surgery was even possible or beneficial before she was brought to Australia last year.Doctors in Bangladesh had removed part of the leg “but she was still left with a large mass sitting there in her pelvis between her two normal legs”, Dr Kimber said.“Because there’s part of a twin in there, she had two rectums, two vaginas, potentially two anuses – double bits that were growing into a very abnormal area.”After a lengthy planning process, the team embarked on the surgery in November.They removed the part of the leg that was left behind and carried out reconstruction work to ensure the little girl was continent – something that will help her to function much better back at home.Dr Kimber said the toddler, who is partially blind, was now walking and running around, and had put on weight.He said she might need further corrective surgery during her teenage years but would be able to return home to Bangladesh with her mother “without medication or surgical aids”.Her mother, Shima Khatun, told Australian media on Thursday she was looking forward to going home to her family and watching her daughter play.“Everything is good now… she can play like other babies… she is the same [as them],” she said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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TT mom tied up strangled by intruder

(Trinidad Express) A Couva mother was killed on Monday during a robbery at her home.Savitri Harrylal, 52, of Cameron Street, Balmain, is believed to have been strangled by an intruder.Killed: Savitri HarrylalHarrylal was found with a cord around her neck, and her hands and feet bound with a plastic bag, police said.Harrylal’s son, Adrian Harrylal said that he left his mother at home at around 2 p.m. to do errands.He returned less than three hours later and found a door ajar.As he walked into the house he saw several louvre glass panes from his mother’s bedroom on a couch in the living room.He checked for his mother in her bedroom and found her on the floor, with the room ransacked.Officers of the Couva CID and Homicide Region III responded.Harrylal was pronounced dead at the scene.An autopsy is expected to be performed on her body at the Forensic Sciences Centre.Harrylal was employed as a manager at Steal Away Travel Agency in Arima.The killing took the murder toll to 397. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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Judge strikes out request to withdraw Bisrams murder charge

-Bisram’s lead attorney ordered to pay State $250,000 in court costsHigh Court Judge Gino Persaud on Tuesday ruled against the application to have the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) withdraw the case against high profile murder accused Marcus Bisram who is currently awaiting extradition from the United States.Murder accused: Marcus BisramOne day after his absence angered Justice Persaud, Bisram’s lead attorney, Sanjeev Datadin appeared at the High Court to defend his hurried application to have the matter withdrawn before the judge who was initially set to rule on Monday. However, despite the lawyer requesting to withdraw, Justice Persaud ruled against Datadin withdrawing at this late stage, later citing that the court has the duty to stand against ‘dubious methods’ that could bring the justice system into disrepute.On September 25, Datadin filed an application on behalf of Bisram’s mother Sharmilla Inderjali to quash the murder charge against Bisram on grounds that one of main witnesses for the Prosecution recanted their statement, a contention which the lawyer maintained outside of court on Tuesday.The judge however, observed that the attorney’s notice of discontinuation, which was filed on Friday, was an abuse of process. As such, Justice Persaud struck out the entire case highlighting that there was “material non-disclosure” on Datadin’s behalf, since he did not include in his affidavit that he made an application on December last to stop the DPP from advising the police in Bisram murder probe. Justice Persaud stated that an applicant is required to present all facts, even if they are against the said applicant, adding that the court must be approached  “with clean hands” when seeking prerogative relief.Sanjeev Datadin exiting court on Tuesday“The application of 2016 was not disclosed to this court and it was only through the court’s records that it was detected,” the Judge explained.In his judgment, he further noted that there are clear legal provisions to discharge orders nisi when there is material non-disclosure, without going into the further merits of the case.Justice Persaud struck out three orders nisi, one of which sought to prevent the three respondents – the DPP, Chief Magistrate and Commissioner of Police from pursuing the murder probe against Bisram. As the orders nisi were discharged, Datadin was also ordered to pay the State by way of the three respondents, $250,000 in court costs.Murdered: Fiyazz NarinedattNew Yorker, Marcus Bisram, was charged in absentia last year for the murder of 27-year-old, Number 70 Village Corentyne Carpenter, Fiyazz Narinedatt who was killed after he reportedly rejected Bisram’s sexual advances.The five other men charged for the November 1, 2016, killing of Narinedatt were Radesh Motie, 39; Diadatt Datt, 18; Harri Paul Parsram, 49; Orlando Dickie and Niran Yacoob, 37.Two of the accused had reportedly confessed to investigators that they were ordered by the overseas-based Guyanese businessman to dump the carpenter’s body on the Number 70 Public Road to make his death seem the result of a hit and run accident.Additionally, the businessman’s mother and sister were also charged and remanded to prison after they allegedly offered bribes to Police ranks to “duck the case”. The mother, Inderjali was recently charged for witness tampering.Since the commencement of the preliminary inquiry in Berbice, several persons have been accused of witness tampering and Nariendatt’s family stated outside of court on Tuesday that they are constantly living in fear that they could be shot and killed at any moment due to the influence Bisram has with money and power. (Shemuel Fanfair) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAppeal Court throws out Bisram’s request for DPP to withdraw murder caseJuly 31, 2018In “Court”Bisram likely to be extradited to Guyana as US Judge throws out challengeOctober 31, 2018In “Court”Mother moves to CCJ for urgent hearing of Bisram’s caseAugust 7, 2018In “Court” read more

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Op Ed A Jaundiced Jeffrey

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOp-Ed: A Jaundiced JeffreyFebruary 22, 2018In “Opinion”Letter: Take a stand against authoritarianism or sit subjugated and repressedDecember 12, 2017In “Letters”Op-Ed: The Constitution will always be a hindrance to authoritarianismFebruary 16, 2018In “Opinion” By: Mohabir Anil Nandlall, MPAttorney-at-LawLast week, I examined how a democratic Constitution, with its checks and balances, poses a hindrance to authoritarianism. In order to make the essay pragmatic, I gave real-life supporting examples of how the authoritarian runs afoul of the Constitution. I chose events in the rule of Guyana’s most authoritarian politician, Mr. Forbes Burnham, historically, and actions of President David Granger, of more recent vintage, as illustrations to buttress the main plank of my proposition.That article evoked a spirited response from Dr. Henry B. Jeffrey, in his “Future notes” published on the 21st day of February, 2018, in Stabroek News, under the bold caption: “Nandlall’s flawed political theorizing”. The main reason why I chose to support my thesis with both historical and contemporary events involving prominent political personas was, precisely, to avoid theorizing in abstract. Unfortunately, my efforts failed to either persuade or impress Dr. Jeffrey, who accused me of “extremely dubious” and “flawed” political theorizing.The goodly Political Scientist begun by taking umbrage to my contention that Mr. Burnham recognised very early that he could not function under the Westminster Constitution promulgated by Great Britain, and therefore, swiftly moved to change it, eventually, scrapping it all together. He argues that Mr. Burnham operated for 16 years under that Constitution before his own creation, the 1980 Constitution, came into force. To the extent that the inherited Constitution remained in force for 16 years, Dr. Jeffrey is correct. However, he refuses to recognize the underlying and demonstrable dislike, which Mr. Burnham had for that instrument which resulted in constant, incremental, but fundamental changes, made to the Constitution, which struck at its very foundation during that period.In 1964, when Mr. Burnham took the reins of Government under a coalition, comprising of the PNC and the UF, the head of the Judiciary was the Chief Justice. The incumbent was Sir Joseph Luckhoo, a fiercely independent and outstanding jurist, with whom Mr. Burnham did not enjoy good relations. To a democrat that ought not to have mattered. Not Mr. Burnham. For an authoritarian, there must be complicity, if not subservience, in the judicial branch. In 1966, the Independence Constitution not only brought into being the Guyana Court of Appeal but the occasion was used to create a new office as head of the Judiciary. That of the Office of Chancellor – the only of its kind in the entire Commonwealth other than England, herself! To this office, Sir Kenneth Sievewright Stoby, a Guyanese, then in Barbados, was imported and installed. By these constitutional machinations, Sir Joseph Luckhoo, the sitting Chief Justice and hitherto head of the Judiciary, was unceremoniously demoted! Rather than endure such indignity, this distinguished jurist migrated from these shores and took up an appointment as President of the Jamaican Court of Appeal, where he remained up until his retirement.Republican ConstitutionThe second set of major constitutional alterations came on the 23rd day of February, 1970, with the promulgation of the Republican Constitution. This move legally severed our constitutional relationship with Great Britain and replaced the Queen as Head of State with the newly created titular President, with the head of the Executive being the Prime Minister. Thus, the Govern General, as representative of the Queen, as Head of State, was permanently removed from our constitutional infrastructure. It is this constitutional maneuver which laid the foundation for a merger of the Head of State and head of the Executive into one office, styled, the Executive President, which the 1980 Constitution birthed. This Constitution, as I explained last week, was one crafted to Mr. Burnham’s liking and was brought into force by a fraudulent referendum process.Significantly, it is the 1970 constitutional changes that abolished all appeals to Her Majesty’s Privy Council and removed that Court completely from Guyana’s legal system, making the Guyana Court of Appeal the apex of our Judiciary. The environment was, therefore, created for political interference with the Judiciary to begin.At this juncture, it is apposite that I mention that during this period, there was pending, in the court system, a legal challenge to the rigged 1968 national elections, filed by an elector. Had this challenge traveled all the way to the Privy Council, those elections, more likely than not, may have been nullified. Many believed that Mr. Burnham was not prepared to take such a monumental risk. As history has recorded, Mr. Burnham rigged several elections after that and subverted the rule of law in multiple ways. Therefore, the abolition of appeals to the Privy Council was a very calculated artifice.So, Dr. Jeffrey, while the Westminster Constitution remained in force, in six short years Mr. Burnham systematically uprooted and dismantled certain fundamentals pillars upon which it was constructed. By 1980, it was wholly replaced. I hope I have provided enough evidence to persuade you to my point.Dr. Jeffrey next posits that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) “also ran an autocratic regime and by the time, it demitted office 60% of its own constituency and 80% of Africans did not care for them”. Dr. Jeffrey was a Minister and sat at Cabinet and in the National Assembly for 17 consecutive years in that very PPP Government. I respectfully suggest that he dedicate one edition of “Future notes” to inform what role he played in resisting the PPP’s autocracy. I hope he will not tell us that he was a mere officious bystander. That would not only be incredible but would render him equally guilty by omission. As it regards the latter part of his statement (quoted above), it took a coalition of five political parties, via questionable elections, to remove the PPP after 23 years in Government and yet, only by less than 5,000 votes. Those statistics provided by Dr. Jeffrey, therefore, cannot be correct.Guyana Bar AssociationDr. Jeffrey next attributes to me a proposition, which he labels “absurd” but which I never advanced. He writes: “Furthermore, absurd as it is, Mr. Nandlall appeared to have been suggesting that gridlock does not now exist in the appointment process…”Of course it does. It is in recognition of this gridlock that I posited that the framers of the Constitution also recognised the same and in order to break this gridlock, crafted Article 127 (2). Dr. Jeffrey does not so construe Article 127 (2). Well, I do not know for what else Article 127 (2) was intended, if not to break a gridlock, created by Article 127 (1). He then blames the PPP Government “for not making sufficient effort to use the constitutional reform process to solve the problem”. That it was the constitutional reform process that produced the “problem”, clearly eluded Dr. Jeffrey. In fact, there was no “constitutional reform process” thereafter, for the PPP to “solve the problem”.Dr. Jeffrey then advances the proposition that in his opinion, the President can still lawfully appoint his nominees to act by utilizing Article 127 (2). No, he cannot. Clearly, the goodly Doctor is wandering into territory with which he is unfamiliar. My views aside, the Guyana Bar Association in a recent missive declared that should that occur, the appointments would be “null, void and unconstitutional”.Finally, I endorse Dr. Jeffrey’s concurrence with the sentiments expressed by the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that, “acting appointments for protracted periods are generally inimical to fearless, independent performance” and that “good governance and the welfare of the citizens require that the top judicial officers of Chancellor and Chief Justice be properly filled…” However, I digress sharply from the learned President of the CCJ, who places the solution in litigation. In my view, apart from making declaratory orders to the effect, that such a state of affairs is repugnant to the rule of law, a Court can do no more, having regard to the clear and express language of Article 127 (1). It cannot compel the agreement, which the Article requires. Neither can it substitute itself for those in whom the Constitution places the responsibility to procure those appointments. Should a Court endeavour to do either, it would be turning the Separation of Powers doctrine on its head. read more

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Younger brother of popular Chutney singer killed in accident

The younger brother of popular Chutney Singer, Mahendra Ramkellawan was on Sunday evening killed following an accident on the De Willem, West Coast Demerara (WCD) public road.Dead: Roopchan Charles RamkellawanDead is 27-year-old Roopchan Charles Ramkellawan of  Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo.According to the deceased’s wife, she was informed of the fatal accident at about 23:00hrs.She related to INews that based on what she was told, at about 22:30hrs, her husband was returning home after visiting his 6-month-old baby at another WCD village, for Father’s Day.However, on the way, he encountered a police road block on the De Willem public road.Mahendra RamkellawanHe was reportedly stopped by traffic ranks and this online publication was informed that it was while Ramkellawan was in the process of crossing the road to meet with the officers that he was struck down by a speeding motorcar.The man reportedly died on the scene. In his car at the time was a cousin.Ramkellawan leaves to mourn his child, wife, seven brothers and two sisters.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Inebriated joint services officer was driver in fatal WCD accident – PoliceJune 18, 2018In “Crime”GDF Officer arraigned for causing death of brother of chutney singerJune 26, 2018In “Court”10-month-old, 7-year-old siblings killed in WCD crashSeptember 14, 2016In “latest news” read more

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CANU issues wanted bulletin for duo

The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) has issued a wanted bulletin for two men they are currently seeking, and is appealing to the public to come forward if they have any information which can lead to the men’s whereabouts.Wanted: Mark Sauers, called Marcus and Kelvien Sauers called JohnWanted are Mark Sauers, called Marcus and Kelvien Sauers called John.According to a statement released by the entity on Wednesday, Mark’s last known addresses were listed as Lot 1 Ogle, East Coast Demerara and Second Street, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.In addition, Kelvein was recorded to have once resided at Lot 327 Fourth Street, Success, East Coast Demerara.Persons with information are asked to make contact with CANU on telephone numbers 227-3507 and 226-0431. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 years jail, $3.3M fine for man busted with 1.608 kilos of cocaineJuly 26, 2018In “Court”Woman tried to smuggle cocaine to help son, jailed 4 years & fined $9.1MMay 2, 2019In “Court”Sickly 24-Y-0 remanded on cocaine chargeNovember 20, 2015In “Crime” read more

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Energold Drilling buys Dando Drilling – expanding exploration rig line up

first_imgIn a strategic acquisition, Dando Drilling International has been bought by Canada’s Energold Drilling, a growing drilling contractor in the international mining sector. Dando says it is delighted with the acquisition by Energold Drilling. This deal secures the Dando operations that have been established in Littlehampton, West Sussex [UK] since 1867.Managing Director, Martin Fitch-Roy said: “Becoming part of the Energold group of companies will allow the small and dedicated engineering and sales team in the south of England to focus on producing and supplying the best equipment possible. Dando hopes that the new arrangements will see renewed development of Dando’s core heavy-duty water well rig range for sale into the difficult African markets where we have unique experience. We are also looking forward to the new product opportunities that Energold’s extensive mining operations will bring.”Dando is currently engaged in the manufacture of 17 secure rig orders for UK and export markets including Mozambique, Sudan, Indonesia, Somalia, Singapore, Pakistan and the Gulf. These machines are for the water well drilling, geotechnical and mineral explorations industries. Dando will continue to support the many hundreds of previously supplied rigs in the field.last_img read more

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BELAZ expanding Indian presence with new mining truck factory

first_imgBelaz-Enrika, a joint venture between India’s JVG group and Belarus-based mining truck major, BELAZ, has just opened a repair facility near Nagpur, but is also planning build an assembly unit there, according to a report in The Times of India. The company’s repair facility was recently inaugurated by Belarus Industries Minister Vitali Vovk. The planned assembly unit will cater for the Southeast Asian market, Belaz-Enrika’s Head of Technical Support, Prabhakar Kohale, told the newspaper.The company has already supplied four 120 t 75135 mining trucks in 2013 to Karnakata Empta, which has a coal mine at Bhadravati in Chandrapur. The repair facility near VCA’s Jamtha stadium is carrying out maintenance of these machines initially. However, there are plans to capture a much larger market through Coal India Ltd’s (CIL) mines, said Kohale, such as at its Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) operations.The factory will be making 60 and 100 t capacity mining trucks, according to the report, which would include the BELAZ 7555/7557/7558 classes of trucks. Apart from looking to build up business at WCL operations and other mines, the unit planned in Nagpur will also serve markets in China, Mongolia, and the Middle East. BELAZ competitors Caterpillar and Komatsu already have factories in India making these classes of trucks, with the Cat 777D and Komatsu HD785 both being made at factories in Chennai.last_img read more

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Landmark New Century Resources life of mine contract for Waanyi Downer JV

first_imgDowner EDI Ltd has announced that, along with its joint venture partner Waanyi, it had been awarded a life of mine contract by New Century Resources Ltd (NCZ) to provide mining services for the mining of East Fault Block and South Block Resources immediately adjacent to the Century Open Pit Mine in Queensland.The execution of the Mining Services Agreement with the Waanyi Downer Joint Venture (WDJV) forms part of a unique compensation arrangement between New Century Resources and the Waanyi People. An industry first, it provides a viable mechanism to properly recognise the significant value of Indigenous Cultural Heritage, while also empowering Traditional Owner communities with mining developments occurring within their traditional lands. The agreement allows for the potential development of the South Block and East Fault Block Resources, should that proceed following the completion of the Expansion Feasibility Study, due by the end of September 2018.The scope of work to be carried out includes waste and ore removal and haulage; equipment supply and maintenance; drilling services; and technical and mine management.This mining services contract is in addition to the contract awarded in April 2018 to the Waanyi Downer joint venture partners for the provision of training services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to the Century Mine.Waanyi PBC Chairman, Alec Doomadgee, commented on the signing of the agreements:“This is an Australian first – an agreement which genuinely recognises the significant value of Indigenous Peoples. This could only happen with our trusted JV partner in Downer, where we have a genuine relationship built on enduring mutual respect. Our ability to engage in real economic development through the Waanyi Downer JV will contribute significantly to a model of self-determination for the Waanyi People.”New Century Resources Managing Director, Patrick Walta, said: “New Century looks forward to continuing our collaboration and cooperation with the Waanyi People and working with the Waanyi Downer JV.”The WDJV is Chaired by Warren Mundine, former Head of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council. Mr Mundine said: “The Waanyi people are central to this. The focus has always been, and must remain that the operation is on Waanyi country and must benefit the Waanyi People. This is why this arrangement has been so successful to date, and will continue to be, because of this focus. I’d like to think this partnership is unique and a case study for other operations around the country.”last_img read more

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EHF CL 20102011 TOP 16 Karabatić and Co surprised by Kadetten

← Previous Story Cancellation epidemic in Montenegro NT, Mladen Rakčević: “Federation destroy our dreams” Next Story → Rene Toft Hansen in THW Kiel from 2012 EHF Champions LeagueKadetten SchaffhausenMontpellier handball The first leg of the Last 16 in the VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League started with a huge surprise: Swiss champions Kadetten Schaffhausen beat the favoured French team Montpellier 31:26 – and could have won with an even bigger margin. In the second match Valladolid dreamed of taking two points from Hamburg until halftime. In the end the Germans won 28:22.HSV Hamburg (GER) vs. Cuatro Rayas Valladolid (ESP) 28:22 (11:15)As expected it was a tough fight for HSV to beat Valladolid in the first leg of the Last 16. And it needed a very loud interruption of coach Martin Schwalb in the halftime break to turn the match in the second half, as the Spaniards surprisingly led 15:11 after 30 minutes. In the end the Germans take a six-goal lead to the return match in Spain next weekend. Top scorers in this high tensioned encounter were Havard Tvedten with eight goals for Valladolid and Pascal Hens and Hans Lindbergh with six goals each for HSV.The 2,610 spectators were surprised when Valladolid took an easy 3:0 lead and extended it to 7:3. First after that Hamburg seemed to wake up and reduced to 7:8 in minute 20. Later clever tactics of Valladolid coach Pastor hit Hamburg hard: Despite twice having one player on the bench due to a suspension, he substituted the goalkeeper for another field player – and Hamburg could not cope with this situation. And as goalkeeper Sierra played strongly, the Spaniards took a well-deserved 15:11 to the dressing rooms.Nothing changed in the first nine minutes after the break as Valladolid still led 19:15. But then it took only nine minutes before Hamburg was in front for the first time ever in this match. Thanks to seven straight goals the Germans did not only equalize at 19:19 but went away to 20:19 and 22:19. The game turned completely, and HSV even missed several chances to give the Spaniards an early knock-out after they had lost their pace.The game was still equal until 25:22 in minute 55, before the Germans scored three more straight goals to the final result – after Asier Antonio had received a red card after three suspensions.Statements after the match:Martin Schwalb, coach Hamburg: “This victory is only the halftime result of the Last 16. And to be honest this result isn’t a good one for us. It won’t be easier in Spain. Today we took too many wrong decisions before the break, in the second half our defence and goalkeeper Johannes Bitter paved the way to the victory. As Valladolid played really strong today, this victory doesn’t mean anything for the second leg.”Juan Carlos Pastor, coach Valladolid: “We deserved a better result. Two facts were decisive in the end: the suspensions against our team and the huge numbers of balls we lost. Now we have to focus on the return leg.”Mathias Flohr, player Hamburg: “It was quite loud in our dressing room during the break, but we were really pushed by our coach’s speech. So we were able to improve. Still this was only part one of the Last 16. The real final will be played in Valladolid.”Havard Tvedten, player Valladolid: “Having a look on the statistics you can see that we made too many mistakes, as we lost too many easy balls against a strong HSV defence. But we still have another 60 minutes to change the result.”Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI) – Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA) 31:26 (17:11)It was one of the biggest sensations ever in Swiss handball history: Kadetten Schaffhausen could reach the Quarterfinals of the VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League for the first time ever. Montpellier can even be lucky that they lost with a five goal difference ‘only’.Like in the last domestic matches before, Montpellier (missing Accambray, Hamed and Di Panda due to injuries) was far away from their normal form – while Schaffhausen showed their match of the year.Kadetten played out of their skins for 50 minutes – and the French team with all their World Champions stood aside. Outstanding player of the match was Kadetten goalkeeper Björgvin Gustvasson who saved 17 shots of Montpellier. Thanks to his performance Schaffhausen had the confidence that Montpellier was missing all over.After 4:4 the Kadetten engine started – and thanks to three goals after the 14:11 they took a well-deserved six goal lead into the second half. And it became even worse for Montpellier: As Schaffhausen showed a brilliant offensive performance, Montpellier became nervous, hectic and with one mistake after the next. Having no real leader on court Montpellier had to face their fate.In minute 45 it looked like a desaster for the French champion as Kadetten had extended the gap to ten goals (26:16) for the first time. This distance remained until the 29:19, then Montpellier started their late catch-up chase. Thanks to a 7:2 series they kept the hopes alive to turn the result on home ground – but will at least need a six goal victory. There is a high risk for them to be eliminated by Kadetten if they play like on Wednesday. Top scorers were Goepfert and Ursic with seven goals each for Schaffhausen and Bojinovic with six goals for Montpellier.Text from: Bjorn Pazen – eurohandball.com read more

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DISGRACEFULL Knezevic headbutts Gorbitz

Anita GorbitzMilena Knezevic headbutts Derby match of the Women’s EHF Champions League between Buducnost and Gyor 26:26 have been played in Podgorica last weekend, but the biggest story from “Moraca” hall wasn’t a fantastic performance of two teams – the biggest favorites for the winning F4 tournament in Budapest on May 4. The biggest “hero” of the match became home team playmaker Milena Knezevic who kicked Anita Gorbitz in the head in the last attack on the match…Shamefull act who must be punished…PHOTO: http://www.zrkb.me ← Previous Story BUDUCNOST VS GYOR: No winner again! Next Story → O LA LA: Look what Gasper Marguc did! read more

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EURO 2016 Best 7 young lions to watch in Poland

The upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland will be the chance for all handball fans to see some new faces in European handball. Some of them are already known from their performance in the clubs and national teams, but still they are Under 23, ready to improve and conquere handball world in years to come.Handball-Planet.com made a list of BEST 7 youngstars (generation 1994 and younger) for the upcoming event which we would like to see. The leader of the team is Handball-Planet Young World Player 2015 – Sanders Sagosen.RIGHT BACK: Fabian Wiede (Germany)PLAYMAKER: Sanders Sagosen (Norway)LEFT BACK: Vuko Borozan (Montenegro)LINE-PLAYER: Blaž Blagotinšek (Slovenia)LEFT WING: Rune Dahmke (Germany)RIGHT WING: Darko Đukić (Serbia)GOALKEEPER: Torbjorn Bergerud (Norway)Our list didn’t include some names who will miss the tournament (Lasse Andersson or Paul Drux). However, like in the list of BEST 7 “old guns”, we couldn’t find the left wing player (1994 and younger) who will be close to the final squad, so we decided to put Rune Dahmke (1993). On the other side, the lack of young goalies is more than visible, so our choice is young Norwegian Torbjorn Bergerud, who probably won’t get a chance to play in poland. ← Previous Story EURO 2016: Best 7 “old guns” all over Poland Next Story → Tobbias Karlsson prepares special “rainbow” message for Poland best young handball playersEHF EURO 2016 read more

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Besiktas Mogaz from 6 to draw with RK Celje PL

← Previous Story STRUGA 2018: Dobrogea Sud Constanta are at the final! Next Story → STRUGA 2018: RK Celje Pl and Dobrogea Sud for the trophy! “10.000 for handball”BESIKTAS MOGAZRamazan Done Besiktas Mogaz played 23:23 against RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko in the last round at Struga 2017 after period in which they were six goals down…Right back Ramazan Done netted for a point in the last attack…

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The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #TRAP DOOR Giovanni Trapattoni is leaving his post as Republic of Ireland soccer manager in the wake of last night’s 1-0 defeat in Austria, which effectively ends hopes of World Cup qualification. A statement from the FAI says it’s “by mutual consent”. Marco Tardelli also resigns as assistant boss.2. #BUS SERVICES: The National Transport Authority has launched a public consultation process, proposing to reduce services in its contracts with Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann and start an open tender process.3. #DNA: The Minister for Justice has announced that DNA samples will be taken from criminals convicted of serious crimes for inclusion in a new database. The move is aimed at assisting gardaí in tackling crime — helping them link cases and identify suspects.4. #SEANAD: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has indicated that there will be no consequences for Labour politicians who campaign to keep the Seanad. Meanwhile, a Fine Gael councillor has erected posters calling for a ‘no’ vote in the 4 October referendum.5. BACK TO EARTH: Three astronauts landed back on Earth today after spending almost half a year on the International Space Station. Their capsule touched down in Kazakhstan this morning.last_img read more

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George Zimmerman arrested after a disturbance call at a house in Florida

first_imgTHE MAN ACQUITTED of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin was arrested today after deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house in Florida.Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was taken to the jail for booking, according to a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office statement. Authorities provided few other details, and it was not immediately known what charge he faced.“Just when you thought you heard the last of George Zimmerman,” said neighbor Catherine Cantrell. She said she had twice seen a man who looked like Zimmerman get out of a truck that’s been in the driveway for nearly a month. The truck parked there on Monday appeared to be the same one that reporters have seen Zimmerman drive previously.“I’m in absolute shock. He was never outside. It’s not like he was out flaunting around,” she said.Cantrell said the woman who lived in the home was very sweet and quiet.Sarah Tyler, 26, also lives across the street from the house on a cul-de-sac street of single family homes in Apopka, about 15 miles northwest of Orlando.“It’s kind of frightening,” she said, adding that she only saw a woman came out of the house.Zimmerman, 30,  was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the black teenager, who was unarmed, touched off a nationwide debate about race and self-defence. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old to defend himself during a fight in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.He wasn’t charged until 44 days after the shooting, leading to protests nationwide from people who believed he should have been immediately arrested. The case sparked accusations that Zimmerman had racially profiled Martin, and demonstrations broke out again after his acquittal. Federal authorities are now reviewing the case the see if Martin’s civil rights were violated.Zimmermans had other brushes with the law since his acquittalZimmerman, right, is escorted to a home by after a domestic incident in the neighborhood where he and his wife Shellie lived. Pic: (AP Photo/John Raoux)Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute in September just days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers, but police later said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence.Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic stops since his acquittal. He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were too darkly tinted. He was also stopped near Dallas in July and was given a warning for speeding.In 2005, Zimmerman ad to take anger management courses after he was accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest Zimmerman’s friend.Later that year, Zimmerman’s former fiancee filed for a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman responded by requesting a restraining order against her. Both requests were granted. No criminal charges were filed.Read: Why can’t George Zimmerman stay out of the spotlight? >Read: ‘Justice for Trayvon’ marches take place across America >Read: Protests across US as George Zimmerman acquitted of Trayvon Martin murder >last_img read more

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13 signs youre an expert LidlorAldi shopper

first_img1. You have a practised eye for the best cardboard box to put your shopping in Source: James Horan/Photocall Ireland2. You feel the secret thrill of the mystery binAnd know what day of the week to go in to get first pick of the specials. Source: Lidl3. You know that it’s physically impossible to only buy one thing4. But also, the pain of impulse-buying too much ‘to save in the long run’… and having to carry it home. Source: Imgur Source: Imgur5. You have bought presents there for people you love Source: Imgur6. You’ve attained Grandmaster level at matching odd-sounding products to their brand-name equivalents Source: lucyrfisher7. You know which queue moves quickestAnd have internally rated all the cashiers’ levels of expertise. “I’ll stand here, the dark-haired one is dead fast.” Source: avlxyz8. You have developed a serious addiction to at least one brand of chocolate you’d never previously heard of Source: Flickr9. You know that not EVERY special offer is a good special offer Source: Imgur10. But some are just… very special indeed Source: Paul O’Hara/Twitter11. You are aware that most of the wine descriptions would also fit the perfect man Source: Imgur12. You have known the confusion of trying to stack your groceries as the cashier fires them through at 100mph Source: the Italian voice13. So now you take your shopping over to the special shelf at the front, to pack at your leisure while making this face: Source: GifsoupCongratulations! You have attained Expert Lidl or Aldi Shopper status.Now go, eat cheap groceries.Lidl in Sligo has a very uncomfortable special offer>16 reasons to hate doing the ‘big shop’>last_img read more

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Ivor Callely appears in court over allegedly falsified expenses claims

first_imgFORMER JUNIOR MINISTER Ivor Callely has appeared in court charged with six counts of presenting fraudulent receipts to claim expenses.Callely, who served as a junior minister between 2002 and 2005, was released on bail after appearing before Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court this lunchtime. He will appear in court again next Thursday, April 25.The 54-year-old former Fianna Fáil minister has been under investigation by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation for two years in relation to the alleged falsification of receipts presented to the Oireachtas authorities.The charges relate to four receipts allegedly submitted by Callely in November 2007, with dates between 2002 and 2006, with the letterhead of Business Communications Ltd – a company which had actually ceased trading in 1994.He is also charged in relation to alleged falsified invoices from ‘In-Tech Ireland Ltd’, dated February 2008, and ‘Allstat Ltd’ dated September 2009.All six invoices have been allegedly submitted contrary to Section 26 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.Persons convicted of offences under that section are liable to a fine, or up to 10 years in prison.Comments have been disabled as court proceedings are now underway.last_img read more

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Can you make it through this post without laughing

first_imgacidcow.com4. This man who just wanted to demonstrate his new diveYouTube/xXCarl47Xx5. This dog who’s really trying, but is a bit too bigmotivationforcreation6. This tortoise having sex with a shoe and squeakingYouTube/BAKESbbz7. This boy whose car trip just turned into a nightmareguzer.com8. The man hurting himself clapping on Winning Streak YouTube/oisin20129. This professional bowler10. The kid just trying to skate around this reporterYouTube/Rob Meronek11. This dog that has made mistakes in lifeCan’t see the image? Try reloading this post (Imgur)12. This person trying out their wallreactiongifs.com13. This cruel, cruel YouTube commentunfriendable.com14. This child who didn’t get end-of-slide training15. The plight of these new mothers DO YOU THINK of yourself as a good person?If so, you’ll be able to make it through this post without sniggering. Ready?Don’t laugh at…1. This kid giving baseball his best shotiruntheinternet.com2. This couple who chose to have their wedding next to a pondYouTube/Keithf1043. The victim of this shocking incidentcenter_img Twitter/NickDoody16. This dog who dreamed too hardphotobucket.com17. And this man who didn’t reckon with the seagullsxdtalk.comWell, how far did you get?9 things you may find in a strange toilet>7 people who are dancing like nobody’s watching>last_img read more

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Poll Will the KimKanye visit give the economy a boost

first_imgGRAMMY-WINNING RAPPER and celebrity-without-portfolio Kim Kardashian swept into Ireland for their honeymoon on Sunday — an event that relegated the election results to the inside pages in some of the tabloids yesterday.Failte Ireland say the presence of the celebrity couple could provide a tourism boost for the country. The pair have over 30 million Twitter followers between them, meaning a single photo or reference could help draw new visitors, according to the tourism body.What do you think? After all, we went to the trouble of hiring Chris Hadfield, essentially for the same purpose.Is the Kimye visit good for the economy? No. These things are always hyped up by the media. (3039) Who are these people? Why aren’t you doing a poll about Eamon Gilmore? (1655) Yes, it could be worth millions. (1942) Poll Results: I’m not sure. (542) Yes, it could be worth millions.No. These things are always hyped up by the media.I’m not sure.Who are these people? Why aren’t you doing a poll about Eamon Gilmore?Votelast_img read more

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Shopper discovers hidden message stitched on to Primark dress

first_imgIRISH CLOTHING RETAILER Primark is investigating after a customer discovered a hand-stitched label with a damning message on a £10 dress she purchased in the store.Rebecca Gallagher from Swansea, Wales, was surprised to find a second tag sewn over the regular Primark label, which read ‘Forced to work exhausting hours’.She told the South Wales Evening Post that to her, the label looked like a “cry for help – to let us people in Britain know what is going on.”She said she rang Primark to ask what was going on, but was put on hold for 15 minutes before being cut off. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesAccording to Vogue, the company claims it has no idea how the label ended up on the dress. They are exploring two avenues – the possibility that it could have been added once the dress arrived in the UK, or sewn in by a factory worker before it was shipped.A spokesperson for the chain has said they found the incident “strange” as there were no other incidents of this kind related to the dress in question.Primark’s code of conduct sets out the core principles that suppliers and factories must follow to ensure products are made in good working conditions, and that the people making them are treated decently and paid a fair wage.Primark’s ethics came under fire in 2011 after the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh killed 1,000 workers, 580 of whom were employed by a Primark supplier.The company recently announced that it will pay out €7m in compensation to workers who were injured and the families of workers who died in the collapse.This Northern Irish speeding ad has gone viral because it’s just so horrific>Here’s how Twitter reacted to Enda Kenny’s interview with Gay Byrne last night>last_img read more

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Vanessa Feltz endures vile online comments after Rolf Harris assault claim

first_img Source: Kath/Twitter ..after a few seconds he had managed to get his hand inside the elastic of my knickers and I was absolutely staggered.Police at Scotland Yard have viewed footage of the incident and verified Feltz’s claim. She had previously referred to the incident in a newspaper column in 2012, but hadn’t named the interviewee involved.Now the presenter is being subjected to comments and ‘jokes’ based on her appearance. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Others are expressing their disgust at the comments aimed at Feltz. These vile tweets prove exactly why women don’t come forward about being sexually assaulted #vanessafeltz— Kath (@thatgirlkath) July 6, 2014 According to the Daily Star Feltz said that she though nobody would believe her story against “the great Rolf Harris”.On Friday Harris was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison after being found guilty on nine counts of indecent assault against four girls between 1968 and 1986.Read: Rolf Harris found guilty on all charges of sexual assault> More: Rolf Harris was ‘nicknamed ‘The Octopus’ because of his wandering hands’> PRESENTER VANESSA FELTZ has come in for a torrent of Twitter abuse after she claimed that she had been assaulted live on TV by Rolf Harris.Feltz told The Sunday Express that she spoke to police after stories of Harris assaulting other women emerged, and that she would be prepared to appear in court.Harris appeared with Feltz during the ‘On The Bed’ interview segment of Channel 4′s The Big Breakfast in May 1996.She said that during the interview he moved his hand up her leg and:last_img read more

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Bohs end winless run at home after getting the better of Cork

first_imgBohemians 2-0 Cork City WHAT’S RARE IS wonderful. Home wins at Dalymount Park are like hen’s teeth and despite some excellent performances this season, so are Steven Beattie goals.Beattie and midfielder Eoin Wearen both hit goals which will have manager Owen Heary breathing a huge sigh of relief. The win though was soured by a horrible injury that saw Brian Lenihan stretchered off the field with 79 minutes on the clock.It was the Leesiders who put all the pressure on in the opening five minutes with Billy Dennehy firing over from a free as well as having two corners that amounted to nothing. After that Bohemians took control, dominating possession while playing some really attractive football.They fired a warning shot in the sixth minute. Left-back Anto Murphy slipped a nice pass through the Cork defence but Dinny Corcoran couldn’t latch onto it before goalkeeper Mark McNulty gathered safely.Two minutes later Murphy struck one of those dangerous crosses that make a centre-half’s eyes water. The ball curled behind the back four and across the face of goal before Steven Beattie’s diving header at the far post slipped through the hands of McNulty. Beattie lies injured on the ground after scoring for Bohs.Unfortunately the striker, injured in the process, didn’t get to celebrate his first goal for the club as he received treatment. He was later to succumb to the injury midway through the second-half.With 23 minutes on the clock Kevin Devaney was denied what would have been a goal of the season contender. He latched onto a ball from Murphy in the right corner of the box. The winger controlled it with his chest before unleashing a bullet of a volley that most likely left a dent in the crossbar. Beattie’s follow up shot was just wide.Cork’s visits forays into the Bohemians’ half of the pitch were rare in the first-half and they managed just their second shot in the 42nd minute. Cillian Morrisson had a pop from the edge of the box but Dean Delany made an excellent save, tipping it over the bar.It was a quiet start to the second-half with the first decent goal chance only coming 13 minutes after the break. It was a nice delivery from Kavanagh way out on the right flank. Dano Byrne was unmarked at the back post but the defender failed to get any power on the header.Devaney got a second chance to double his team’s lead in the 67th minute. The nimble winger ran onto a Corcoran pass before cutting in off the flank. His shot flew well over the bar.Then disaster struck for Cork City when Lenihan sustained a very nasty looking injury. The young midfielder rose over Pender for a high ball but landed very awkwardly from a good height. Lenihan didn’t move and looked unconscious as the Bohemians full-back went to check on him. Lenihan is stretchered off the pitch before being brought to hospital.He received lengthy treatment on the pitch from the St John’s Ambulance staff before being stretchered off in a neck brace. The ref would later play 13 minutes of additional time.John Caulfield’s men looked shook after seeing their team mate stretchered off in such a distressed state and having used all of their substitutes, were reduced to ten men. The game looked done and dusted and it was just minutes later.Eoin Wearen stabbed home the second from close range with just ten regulation minutes left to play. It came from a corner which the home side failed to clear. As it bobbled around the box, Wearen pounced to double the lead.The visitors defended bravely right until the final whistle as Bohemians laid siege on their goal. Devaney, Kavanagh, Corcoran and substitute Jason Byrne were all guilty of missing chances to make it 3-0 on the night.The sides meet again in a month’s time in the third round of the FAI Cup. Tonight’s win sees Bohemians leapfrog Derry City into sixth place in the table, the team they last won against at home.BOHEMIANS: Delany, Pender (C), D. Byrne, Price, Murphy, Devaney (90+10 Buckley), Wearen, Lopes, Kavanagh (K. Moore 90+8), Beattie (J. Byrne 64), Corcoran. Substitutes: Memery, Mulcahy, McEvoy, Moore.CORK CITY: McNulty, Dunleavy (C), D. Dennehy, Healy, O’Flynn (Morrissey 64), Morrison (Kearney 55), Murray, Lenihan, B. Dennehy, O’Sullivan, Davoren (O’Shea 55). Substitutes: J. Kavanagh, G. Kavanagh, O’Leary, O’Brien.Referee: Neil Doyle.Dietmar Hamann still has a soft spot for his 2002 Ireland jerseyCork v Bohs, and the rest of the draw for the FAI Cup Third Roundlast_img read more

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Blind paralysedand bald But Mark Pollocks TEDx talk is about possibilities not

first_imgMARK POLLOCK, THE adventurer who has conquered some of the world’s toughest marathons despite being blind, admits that he has problems. Having gone blind, he was subsequently paralysed after an accident.Either one of those problems would keep many people down, but Pollock is excited about the possibilities, not held back by his problems.Last month, Pollock told his incredible story at the TEDx Hollywood event, hoping to raise awareness of needs to be done to help people in wheelchairs.He has become the world’s leading test pilot of Esko Robotic Legs.In the talk, Pollock talks about his blindness, his paralysis and being “genuinely broken”.“For the next 16 months, I was in hospital and found out about the real, obvious problems of paralysis.”However, he is far from broken now. He says he was inspired by former Superman actor Christopher Reeve and how every day he goes to the gym to walk “thousands of steps” in his robotic legs.He has now taken 300,000 steps in the legs. He goes on to talk about the research that is ongoing and calls on people to get involved.The talk is uplifting, inspiring and moving.Take 13 minutes and watch it.Read: A year in robotic legs: paralysed adventurer hits new milestoneRead: Blind adventurer to give TED talk on hope four years after becoming paralysed Source: TEDx Talks/YouTube“Ladies and gentlemen, I have got problems.“I’m blind, I’m paralysed, I’m bald and I’m from Northern Ireland.”last_img read more

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BTWObama Satan and Lizard People are Planning to Eat You TTYL

first_imgThe above video is very confusing to me. Apparently the world blew up yesterday because Obama went on an “aeroplane” to visit India. There’s different types of aliens. Some reptilians. Nazis are in there somewhere. The Pope. The tsunami in Indonesia is involved somehow. A space archangel is due to arrive in February. And I think the devil is behind it all–but so is Syria.Yup.But, for me, that’s not even the most confusing part. These are the visions of the mother of the universe Colleen Thomas who is coming to warn us all of impending space slavery. She has a YouTube channel. She also has a radio show and wants you to call her.I was hesitant to even post what seems like the ramblings of an ill woman. But it’s already bouncing around the internet, people are talking about it. But, is this a big joke? Colleen seems pretty put together and in a nice house. Can you go that far off the rails and hold up like that? Also, from a production stand point, this video is a step above the paranoid ramblings you’ll find elsewhere on the YouTubes and Public Access Channels of the world. Just saying–this all seems a little too watchable.OR is Colleen in on the conspiracy and telling us all a little bit of truth slobbered in a whole bunch of wackiness? That way, the powers that be (reptilians, The Pope, bankers, etc.) can remain covered in a shroud of plausible deniability. “You believe we want to harvest your bodies for food? Oh sure, that’s what we want to do. I guess I’ll go ask the Pleidians and Syrians all about it!” Eh?!? Think about it. But which is real and which is foolery? Now we’re back to square-friggin’-one. OR am I in on this whole conspiracy? Are you?Like I said, confusing.last_img read more

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TMobile looking to supercharge their 3G network to be as fast as

first_imgAlthough we’re certainly not going to look at any increase in mobile broadband speeds as a negative, one thing to remember is that, technically, even the likes of Verizon‘s LTE service and Sprint’s WiMax aren’t really 4G.For want of a better term, their speeds only equate to 3G+. That means if you’re a company like T-Mobile without a real 4G rollout plan going into 2011, one way to catch up to the competition is not by building new 4G towers, but by supercharging the existing network to the utmost limits of existing 3G throughput. And, in fact, that’s exactly what T-Mobile has up their sleeves: they’re currently working on charging their current 3G HSPA standard to make it as fast as 4G, reaching speeds of 650Mbps.AdChoices广告How’s T-Mobile doing it? They’re teaming up with Nokia Siemens to develop a new 3G antenna array that is similar to the MIMo tech used in WiFi routers. By having a single device picking up and broadcasting multiple frequencies on multiple antennas, they can fuse those different signals picking up different bandwidth pipes together for even faster throughput.A pretty bold plan, indeed. Of course, if it works with 3G, it should work with 4G too. How fast could Verizon’s LTE network get if they tried the same multiple antenna approach?Read more at Ars Technica, via Gizmodolast_img read more

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Microsoft makes Worlds Most Ethical Companies list Apple Google Facebook dont

first_imgEach year, a list comes out of the  most ethical companies in the world, and there’s a surprising amount of tech companies you’d expect to find on it that are missing. The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes companies that actually demonstrate “real and sustained ethical leadership within their industry.” So which companies made it? Microsoft was on there, but big names like Facebook, Google, and Apple are not.More than 3,000 companies apply to the Ethisphere Institute’s annual list. Ethisphere ranks them based on factors like history of regulatory infractions, sustainable business practices, and peer nominations. There’s no set number of companies that make the list each year. Thirty-six of this year’s companies are new to the list, and 26 dropped off of the list. “Drop-offs” usually occur due to litigation and ethics violations, as well as increased competition from their industry.In Microsoft’s case, the company started making something they call “Corporate Citizenship” a priority, which honors non-profit organizations to work on strengthening economies, addressing societal challenges, and promoting a healthy online ecosystem, among other things. This helped to follow the negative fallout from its antitrust trials. Microsoft has since donated millions of dollars to non-profits. It also doesn’t hurt that Bill Gates is quite the philanthropist, evidenced after his loss of his position as Fortune’s World’s Richest Man because he donated a chunk of his wealth to charity.As mentioned above, any company that has had significant legal trouble in the last five years are out of the running, which eliminates Google due to the European Union’s antitrust investigation.Besides Microsoft, who else made the list? Tech companies on there include Cisco, eBay, Salesforce, Symantec, Hitachi, Adobe, Teradata, Xerox, GE, and Avaya. Surprisingly, Zappos is listed under the “Internet” category, even though it was bought by Amazon in 2009. Best Buy is listed under “Specialty Retail,” but seems to be the only tech-centric retail store on the list. T-Mobile is listed as a telecom service.Read more at Ethisphere and Business Insiderlast_img read more

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FaceTime glitch shows random pictures iPhone captured itself

first_imgA strange topic has been brought up on the Apple Discussions forum. It seems that some people using FaceTime are seeing photos of the person they’re talking to, or themselves, in the middle of their conversation. It gets stranger though, as those photos seem to have been captured without the user’s knowledge.User Kar0786 started by saying her and her boyfriend have both experienced the problem several times recently. Apparently, a picture freezes on the screen when one person is calling the other. The person on the receiving end only sees a black screen. The concern is that the photos being brought up are pictures of them both at work. Kar0786 has used FaceTime at work but never taken a picture while there with her phone. Her boyfriend hasn’t used FaceTime or taken a picture at work, so the iPhone is seemingly capturing images without their knowledge. These are showing up on Kar0786’s end, whereas her boyfriend is still seeing the black screen, and vice versa when her boyfriend calls her.Another user said he called his girlfriend using FaceTime and a photo showed up that was not even stored in his phone confirming this isn’t an isolated issue.According to the comments, it’s a hard thing to fix. User nasetron said they called Apple support, and was told to restore the phone and manually re-install all of their apps, but that didn’t seem to do the trick. Apple then had the user return the iPhone and swap it out for a different one, which also didn’t help. The same user said they are using iOS 4.3, and hadn’t updated yet to 4.3.1. Another commenter said she’s using the newest OS update, and her boyfriend isn’t, and they have the problem, so maybe it’s a iOS 4.3 and iOS 4.3.1 compatibility issue?The issue of privacy has been brought up, because most people don’t want photos of them being taken from their own phone when they’re unaware of it.Have you experienced this problem with FaceTime?Read more at Apple Discussionslast_img read more

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Orbotix releases the Sphero SDK at Google IO

first_imgOf the numerous little gadgets, gizmo’s and various other yet to be categorized trinkets that interact with your smartphone, Sphero–the robotic ball you control with your iOS or Android phone–is, in my opinion, one of the coolest.Sure, the Parrot AR drones are fun, but most aren’t going to really enjoy flying that thing around everywhere. These little guys were revealed to the world at CES, and my seemingly insatiable desire to mess with one of these balls hasn’t decreased any since my last fix. Today at Google I/O, the Sphero team gave developers yet another reason to be excited, with the release of the Software Development Kit.AdChoices广告Being able to drive one of these is cool, sure, but what if you gave developers the power to create games, push these spheres of goodness to their fullest potential, and even do things that no one else would have thought of doing with them? Orbotix eagerly awaits such answers to this question!Who know’s what games, apps, and more will come with the release of the Sphero robotic balls now that Android and iOS developers have been handed the tools needed to turn a really amazing concept into a truly unique experience!The Sphero developer page will be available here. You can reserve a Sphero today as well.last_img read more

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Anonymous hacks Booz Allen Hamilton 90000 military emails stolen

first_imgBooz Allen Hamilton is a government contractor with millions of dollars of government contracts in civilian and defense projects. The company has strong ties to the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. They’re also the latest target of Anonymous’ anti-sec crusade, with the group getting access to the company’s network and making off with 90,000 military email addresses and non-salted passwords.According to Anonymous‘ own statement, the hack wasn’t terribly difficult. They noted that the company’s security was fairly lax, and they had no serious difficulty gaining access to the company’s network. They also retrieved some source code from a software repository, and took the time to do some sniffing around the company’s network to see what else they could find.AdChoices广告Of all of the snooping the group did however, the email addresses and passwords were the most valuable prize. Along with the complete dump of the database they got access to, those files all made it into the file posted at The Pirate Bay earlier today.The Anonymous statement at The Pirate Bay also notes that there was a direct connection between Booz Allen Hamilton and HBGary, the security firm that the group hacked back in February. Anonymous also went out of their way to note the number of political scandals and civil rights issues unfolding around and involving Booz Allen Hamilton, accusing the company of shady dealings similar to the ones they uncovered at HBGary.Regardless of the political motivations of the group, the fact of the matter is that Booz Allen Hamilton’s security left much to be desired. While Anonymous doesn’t specify how they gained access to resources at the company, they do say it was easy, and they note they have enough password information for military personnel that most people at the DoD will likely have to change their passwords, again.Read more at The Pirate Baylast_img read more

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Verizon temporarily doubles LTE data caps

first_imgIn a bold move, Verizon is offering a limited-time promo that will double the data caps for LTE users. Starting tomorrow, November 8, Big Red will let both new and existing owners of LTE phones use twice the data that they are typically allotted.The graphic below shows what you can expect during the promotional period, vs. the rest of the time:Why is Verizon doing this? It’s probably no coincidence that AT&T just launched their first LTE phones this past weekend. Perhaps VZW looked at their network capacity and decided that they could afford to be a little more congested for a month or two, in order to lure new customers and keep current ones. AT&T’s LTE plans are slightly cheaper than Verizon’s, but this promotion (temporarily) makes Verizon’s the better value.New customers will automatically be signed up for the promotion, but current customers will need to contact Verizon to take advantage of it. This can be done by either calling customer support, or by visiting My Verizon online. The company has not yet stated when the promo will end.If you’re already the owner of a Verizon 4G phone, like the Droid Bionic or the HTC Thunderbolt, then you will definitely want to get in on this. As long as you’re conscientious of your data usage after the promo ends, then it’s free data with no drawbacks.If you’re a new customer, however, you may want to take this promo with a grain of salt. We wouldn’t recommend making these new limits part of your buying decision. Sure, it’s nice to get some extra data for a month or two (don’t bank on this lasting longer than that). But then that leaves 22 months of your contract with the standard caps.More at PCMaglast_img read more

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Verizon says Galaxy Nexus signal problem is an illusion

first_imgRemember those signal issues that some Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners were having? According to Verizon, there is no actual signal problem, the only problem is with the number of bars being displayed. The carrier is supposedly working on a software update to fix the graphical glitch.Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney said that the update will adjust the signal strength indicator to match other Verizon devices. She stressed that there isn’t any issue with the Galaxy Nexus’s performance. There was no word on the update’s release date, but other Verizon reps have said that a signal-related update will arrive sometime in January.If you feel like you’re having a case of deja vu, you may be remembering Apple’s antennagate fiasco in 2010. One of Apple’s first responses to the negative press was that iOS was displaying the signal inaccurately. An update to iOS 4 then made the signal bars a bit taller, but it didn’t change the fact that the issue was related to the iPhone 4’s external antenna.While it would be easy to dismiss Verizon’s solution as another company trying to take the easy way out, its explanation is consistent with our testing. On five different Verizon Galaxy Nexus units, our Android expert Russell Holly was unable to reproduce the supposed signal issue. While it’s a relatively small sampling and doesn’t prove that nobody is having the issue, we have yet to experience it ourselves. PC Mag’s Sascha Segan did see the problems with his Galaxy Nexus though, so we know the issue is hit-and-miss.So does this solve the problem? It might: a signal indicator that shows less bars than usual could combine with sketchy LTE coverage to give some the impression that there is an issue. As conflict tends to draw more focus than peace does, it’s easy to blow something like this out of proportion and walk away with the impression that it’s more widespread than it is.We’ll continue to monitor the issue, but for now it looks like the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has a perfectly functional LTE radio.via Computer Worldlast_img read more

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Five things that nearly killed Star Trek before it started

first_imgMany people can trace their Star Trek geekdom back through its entire history. Some are able to claim that they have even read the vast volume of books that go alongside the TV and movie collections. Others may not have had such high ambitions, only picking a single series as “your” Star Trek.There’s no right way to be a Trekkie, but after a read through Mark Clark’s latest book it became clear that this show that has touched so many people might not have ever happened. In fact, there were five critical points at which time the original Star Trek could have all fallen apart.Lucille BallAs a Hollywodd superstar because of I Love Lucy and owner at the time of Desilu Productions, Lucille Ball was the anchor that kept the Enterprise from floating away. Desilu was basically cash strapped, and what they really needed was a hit. When Gene Roddenberry pitched the idea around town, there ween’t many people willing to support what was originally described as a futuristic show for adults that was like a Western.Lucille Ball, despite the overall disapproval from the Desilu board members, brought Roddenberry on board for Star Trek. Because of Lucille Ball’s support, Gene Roddenberry was now able to go and pitch the show to the Networks, in the hopes that one of them would support this brave new world.Failed PilotGene Roddenberry had a hard time selling Star Trek to many people. It was basically a foreign concept in a time where sci-fi was really just for kids, and the notion of an Adult oriented space exploration show was a scary new thing. Gene was able to smooth this out by comparing the show to Westerns. By explaining that the cast would be travelling around in a way that would be portrayed as familiar and engaging.The first pilot for Star Trek, which was called The Cage, was nothing like what Roddenberry had pitched to everyone. It was accused of being overly cerebral, overly sexual, and the cast was not nearly diverse enough. The Pilot was rejected entirely, which for most shows means it’s over. For whatever reason, Star Trek was given the opportunity to submit another pilot. This pilot was received much better, and the show was allowed to go on.Isaac AsimovHave you ever insulted someone for having an opinion that was different from yours, only to discover later on that you were talking to an expert in that field? Mark Clark’s book details a conversation between Gene Roddenberry and world renowned author Issac Asimov in which Roddenberry dismissed this person he did not know. He blew off Asimov without knowing who he was, and it nearly cost him his television show.Shortly after Star Trek began to air, Asimov submitted a scathing article to TV Guide for all of the mistakes and scientific untruths that were found within Star Trek. Roddenberry resolved the matter with a deep felt apology to Asimov, who quickly changed gears to become one of the shows greatest allies. Asimov often gave Roddenberry ideas for the show, as well as continuing to write in support of the show. Had Roddenberry not acted quickly to apologize to Asimov, Star Trek would likely not be anything like what we know today.No Leonard NimoyOne of the most disastrous commands to come down from the result of the failed pilot was to fire all of the actors that were currently on the bridge and replace them with a more diverse crew. Had Gene Roddenberry listened to that instruction in its entirely, it would have meant that Leonard Nimoy would not have gone on to play Spock in the second Pilot, and the show as we know it would have been completely different. Fortunately, Roddenberry saw fit to move Nimoy from the role he played in the original Pilot to the position of second in command on the Enterprise. It became a role that Nimoy would continue to be associated with for the rest of his life.Captain KirkWhile we were fortunate enough to keep Leonard Nimoy, the original Captain had to go. Not just the actor, but the role entirely. The new Captain needed to be someone completely different from Christopher Pike, the man who was utterly rejected in the original Pilot. When it was determined that the new Captain would be played by William Shatner, Gene Roddenberry spent quite a bit of time debating over what the name of the new Captain would be.Were it not for the whim of Gene Roddenberry, the new leader of the Enterprise could have easily been named Captain Frost, or any of a dozen other names that were in the balance. As fate would have it, Captain Kirk was the name that took hold, and is a name that has been repeated by hundreds of thousands ever since.Star Trek as we know it today could well have been completely different, were it not for several key elements falling into place. In some cases it feels like it was nothing short of blind luck that allowed the show to exist at all.Have you ever wondered what the world would look like today without the influences of the Star Trek? It’s a fun mental exercise for sure.last_img read more

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Xbox 360 update removes Twitter and Facebook apps

first_imgEarlier this week Microsoft finalized and started rolling out the latest update to the Xbox 360 menu interface–the Dashboard. One of the big new editions is an Internet Explorer app for surfing the Internet and accessing a range of browser-based online services. However, those who have applied the update notice IE has come at a cost of a couple of popular apps.Microsoft has removed both the Twitter and Facebook apps that were previously available to use on its console from the Xbox Marketplace. No explanation has been given for them disappearing, but it is thought they have gone in order to encourage use of Internet Explorer. Both Twitter and Facebook are setup to work through a browser interface, so that make some sense, but it seems silly to force use of the browser to get access to popular social services.If you already had the Twitter and Facebook apps installed, don’t worry, they won’t disappear with the update and you can continue to use them. All new users are out of luck, though. However, my suspicion is that if enough people get upset about the removal Microsoft will make them available again. Alternatively, this is a mistake on Microsoft’s part which will be rectified in the coming days.The roll out of the Dashboard update is quite limited at the moment. Most consoles won’t get it until October 23 at which point this issue will have been resolved one way or another. I don’t think even Microsoft knows for sure what’s happening as both Facebook and Twitter are still listed on the Xbox Live partners page.via The Vergelast_img read more

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Motorolas X Phone project hopes to right the ship

first_imgWhen Motorola and Google took the stage together for the first time since the merger, we were promised “a new Motorola”. Recent reports of a new hardware line from Motorola starting with the “X Phone” could be the first sign of this promise.There’s no shortage of speculation on the reasons Google acquired Motorola. While the most common reason is to wield Moto’s patent portfolio to defend the Android operating system, there’s just as much data to suggest that Google wanted a hardware manufacturer they could control from the inside. Google wasted no time injecting their own employees into the Motorola hierarchy, immediately followed by a 20% decrease in staff in the first of many steps to bring the company to profitability.Reports of a new line of hardware focused on approaching the mobile ecosystem from a new perspective seems like exactly the kind of thing you would expect a company focused on delivering results to new shareholders to do.If you’ve been following Motorola’s approach to Android, especially with the more recent Droid Razr line, you’ll see that the company has worked hard to create a “near stock” approach to their smartphones. While Samsung and HTC have opted for a user experience that is wildly different than Google’s approach to Android, Motorola has taken the stock experience and built a handful of features that compliment the UI without interrupting the look and feel. Continuing in this vein, it would make sense for Motorola to follow in the path Google has set in acquiring Viewdle and Nik Software and focus on a smartphone with a powerful camera experience.Outside of the camera, Motorola will need to embrace several recent advancements in screen technology. As we wrap up 2012, there are several phones on the way with 1080p screens and whispers of flexible displays and indestructible screens for the next year. Motorola would also need a hardware profile that set this X phone apart from the Droid line of phones that are manufactured for Verizon Wireless, especially if the company expects to sell the phone across multiple carriers simultaneously. Currently, Apple and Samsung are the only companies that have managed to put the same phone (or in Samsung’s case, very nearly the same phone) on nearly every major carrier in the world. Motorola will need a similar strategy in order to compete.Currently, Motorola is rumored to be struggling with settling on a hardware combination that works for the platform. With everything from flexible displays to ceramic casing in the mix, Moto in undoubtedly in the process of trying as many things as possible to make a phone that is capable of being viewed as a great fresh start for the company. Google’s injection of high level management and project managers means that there are people involved who has been a part of every aspect of the Android ecosystem on the project. While the X in the code name for this phone might not be a “Nexus” phone in the strictest sense, it will certainly be a worthy competitor for the title.last_img read more

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Atari Jaguar had a VR headset One of the two left intact

first_imgThe Atari Jaguar released in 1993, and only survived about three years before it was sent to the console great beyond. You might remember it for its ridiculous controller, or perhaps because the original Rayman was one of its only prominent titles. Interestingly, had the Jaguar been more popular, it could have been known for bringing virtual reality gaming to the living room.Only a few Jaguar peripherals were ever released — an add-on CD drive, a Jaguar LAN connector, and the ProController, which was a standard Jaguar controller with three extra buttons. However, a virtual reality headset peripheral was announced. Though it was ultimately canceled and never released to consumers, some working headsets were made. After Atari merged with JTS in 1996, most of the headsets were reportedly destroyed, but not all of them. Supposedly, there are only two working units known to be left in existence, and one is up for auction.For a starting bid of just $14,500, the VR headset can be yours — and don’t worry, at publishing time there weren’t any bids.There were two Jaguar VR headset models — a blue and grey high resolution iteration, and a red and grey low resolution unit, which is the one up for auction. Because the red and grey model was replaced by the high resolution blue and grey model, there were some kinks that weren’t fully ironed out of the red and grey unit, such as occasionally displaying a double screen. The auction description notes the rig takes a while to set up and requires patience, but instructions have been included.Unfortunately, the only game that was released that works with the VR headset was Missile Command 3D, which thankfully comes with the auction, as does a Jaguar VR gun, as well as a few other items that you can check out in the listing. If you really want to dump around 15 grand on a VR headset that only plays one game for a long-dead console, you’ll need a few other things to get the unit fully up and running: An extra power supply (which must be an official Jaguar model) is required for the headset’s tracker, a SCART to RGB connector, and of course the Jaguar itself with a working controller.If you’re a collector or just have a morbid curiosity, check out the auction here.last_img read more

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20nm ARM processors to hit 3GHz next year

first_imgThe 1.6GHz processor in the Galaxy S4 is pretty powerful, but the new chips due out next year will blow it away. Both TSMC and GlobalFoundries plan on delivering ARM-based processors that will boast clock speeds of up to 3GHz.It’s an impressive milestone, to be sure, but clock speed alone isn’t enough to guarantee that these chips will actually perform well in the real world. And then there’s the bothersome issue of battery drain to contend with.Not to worry. TSMC and GlobalFoundries will be utilizing a 20nm process to fabricate these new ARM chips. That’s 8nm smaller than the Exynos 5410, and the reduction should mean that the next-gen processors will be both faster and more efficient than their predecessors.But will they be fast enough to keep pace with Intel’s latest offerings? Initial benchmarks of its Bay Trail chips are impressive. A mystery device with a 1.1GHz processor posted the highest AnTuTu score ever recorded — a whopping 43,416. That’s about 30% faster than current top-of-the-line ARM-powered Android devices.It may be capable of higher marks, too. Current Bay Trail chips can be clocked up to 2.1GHz — and you’ve got to think that a phone running a Bay Trail at that speed would be able to obliterate an already-amazing benchmark score.Whichever chip comes out on top, the real winners here are us, the smartphone and tablet buyers. The bottom line is that ARM chipmakers will need to be on the top of their game now that Intel is ready to duke it out.TSMC and GlobalFoundries are clearly ready to go toe-to-toe.last_img read more

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Philippines president who called Pope a son of a b has promised

first_imgSo, I promise God to … not express slang, cuss words and everything. So you guys hear me right always because (a) promise to God is a promise to the Filipino people.Duterte’s vow was met with applause, but he cautioned: “Don’t clap too much or else this may get derailed.”ExpletivesHe shocked the dominant Roman Catholics last year when he fired an expletive while expressing his disgust over a monstrous traffic jam that trapped him while Pope Francis was visiting Manila.“I wanted to call. ‘Pope, you son of a bitch, go home.’ Don’t visit here anymore,” he told a mob of supporters, some of whom laughed.He later apologiszed after Filipino bishops expressed shock and outrage.It’s not certain if the 71-year-old president, who has been compared to U. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump because of his brash language, can keep his promise.Duterte made a similar pledge in June when it became evident that he had won the 9 May presidential elections overwhelmingly on a pledge to end crimes, especially illegal drugs, and corruption.He said then that he was enjoying his last moments as a “rude person” because “when I become president, when I take my oath of office … that will be a different story. There will be a metamorphosis.”It didn’t take long for Duterte to break the promise.He has repeatedly leveled SOB-laced tirades against Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a few outspoken opposition politicians and human rights advocates, while heaping praises on Chinese and Russian leaders.There were no expletives in his most recent speech, but Duterte still sounded mean toward critics.When asked for his message for a Filipino beauty queen who won the recent Miss International pageant, Duterte said he was proud.Many Filipinas are beautiful, but all of you there in the human rights commission are ugly.Asked if the days of his cursing the US and the EU are over, Duterte didn’t answer clearly.“I do not want anybody reading my mind because I couldn’t make a smart move anymore. But it’s all calibrated, it’s all about timing,” Duterte said.Read: Duterte’s popularity soars in Philippines amid claims of anti-crime ‘death squads’> http://jrnl.ie/3050976 Image: Eugene Hoshiko By Associated Press Short URL Share94 Tweet Email PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT RODRIGO Duterte, who once called the Pope a “son of a bitch” and told Barack Obama to “go to hell,” says he has promised to God he won’t spew expletives again.Duterte’s profanities have become his trademark, especially when threatening to kill drug dealers as part of his war on illegal drugs that has left thousands dead since he took office at the end of June.Duterte made the pledge on arrival in his southern hometown of Davao city late Thursday from a trip to Japan.While flying home, he said he was looking at the sky while everyone was sound asleep, some snoring, and he heard a voice that said “‘if you don’t stop epithets, I will bring this plane down now”.And I said, ‘Who is this?’ So, of course, ‘it’s God,’. Oct 28th 2016, 8:22 AM center_img 57 Comments Image: Eugene Hoshiko Philippines president who called Pope a “son of a b****” has promised God he won’t curse again Duterte’s profanities have almost become his trademark. 13,275 Views Friday 28 Oct 2016, 8:22 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Former world champion Andy Lee announces retirement from boxing

first_img Feb 20th 2018, 8:00 PM Former world champion Andy Lee announces retirement from boxing The 33-year-old Limerick man captured the WBO World middleweight title in 2014, and won 35 of his 39 pro bouts. Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 8:00 PM Ah man. I see that @AndyLeeBoxing is retiring. Simultaneously disappointed, yet very happy as he seems to have found his peace. He deserves it.— Patrick Connor (@PatrickMConnor) February 20, 2018 A sophomore world title shot beckoned after Peter Quillin’s decision to vacate the WBO title left fancied Russian Matt Korobov without an opponent.Lee, fresh off his stunning near-decapitation of Jackson, again took matters out of the judges’ hands, creasing the former amateur standout with another right hook before pummeling the Russian to a standing stoppage and raising the maroon strap.In victory in Las Vegas, Lee became the first Irish man since the great Jimmy McLarnin 80 years earlier to win a world title on US soil.In his next outing, he survived three knockdowns – one of them a clear slip and incorrectly counted by referee Steve Willis, who later apologised to the Munsterman – to fight the returning Quillin to a draw, inflicting upon the Cuban-Brooklynite a first knockdown of his own – Lee’s right hand again doing wreck on the big stage.A twice-postponed bout with Briton Billy Joe Saunders would eventually see Lee relinquish his bauble as he survived two heavy deckings to lose narrowly on points. Saunders still holds the WBO belt.Lee fought just once after that December 2015 defeat – at Madison Square Garden last March, when he outpointed American KeAndrae Leatherwood – but despite several negotiations with high-profile opponents, couldn’t land the meaningful fight which would have seem him prolong an enthralling career.Having become a father for the first time last year, Lee retires on his own terms, having by his own admission already lived his dream of becoming a world champion. He departs the sport – as a participant, at least – having gained a reputation as one of the most affable characters within it, in spite of its often nefarious nature. .@offtheball doing justice to @AndyLeeBoxing with that farewell montage. Always comes across as an absolute gent, and always so frank with his thoughts even when still in business. Can only wish him all the best in retirement – will always hold the distinction of world champ— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) February 20, 2018 https://the42.ie/3862668 32 Comments Share178 Tweet Email1 center_img The stylish southpaw won 35 of his 39 professional contests, 24 of them quick, with his ‘right hook from hell’ gaining notoriety among boxing’s middleweight ranks as one of the most potent weapons in the sport.A 2004 Athens Olympian, Lee turned professional under the legendary Emanuel Steward in the latter’s equally iconic Kronk Gym in 2006, and established himself as one of the world’s hottest pugilistic properties before suffering a shock stoppage defeat to Bryan Vera two years later.The Irish boxing great rebounded with 13 straight victories before succumbing to a dubiously blown-up Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in his maiden world-title tilt in El Paso, Texas, during the summer of 2012.It was 2014 before ‘Irish Andy’ earned another shot at world honours, and true to form, it was a title shot born of inauspicious circumstances; in a light-middleweight bout with hard-hitting Virgin Islands native John Jackson – son of the nuclear-fisted Julian Jackson – Lee recovered from his first career knockdown, and a large deficit on the judges’ scorecards, to register one of the most replayed one-punch KOs in recent memory and resurrect his career.In 2014, despite being on the canvas in the second round. Andy Lee knocked John Jackson unconscious in the fifth round at MSG, New York. pic.twitter.com/bgo0YnW3UF— Boxing Register (@BoxingRegister) December 27, 2017 By Gavan Casey 24,366 Views .@AndyLeeBoxing retires from boxing at the age of 33, via @offtheball. Had a fine career and, good grief, he could really punch. Always good to see a fighter get out at the right time.— Tom Craze (@TomCraze) February 20, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL IRISH MIDDLEWEIGHT ANDY Lee has confirmed his retirement from boxing after a professional career which spanned 12 years and culminated in his becoming WBO World middleweight champion in 2014.Limerick’s Lee, 33, made the announcement on Off The Ball with whom he now works as a co-presenter and analyst.WATCH | OTB LIVE | ANDY LEE RETIRES FROM BOXING https://t.co/hf2DozleVZ— Off The Ball (@offtheball) February 20, 2018last_img read more

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What is bringing classical and video game music together This Irish woman

first_imgWhat is bringing classical and video game music together? This Irish woman Eimear Noone will conduct a special concert next week. 16,970 Views Image: Steve Humphreys PH 00353872523396 Short URL NEXT FRIDAY THE National Concert Hall will play host to a world first.There, the musical worlds of gaming and classical music collide with Video Games Classic, a concert of major video game soundtracks and classical music.The concert will see RTÉ’s National Symphony Orchestra come under the control of an award-winning Galway composer who marries the two styles.Eimear Noone is currently based in Los Angeles, where she has become arguably the world’s premier conductor of video game scores, both in the studio and in the concert hall. Eimear’s broad range of credits include major games such as Heroes of The Storm, StarCraft II, Metal Gear Solid, Hearthstone, Overwatch and the BAFTA nominated score to Diablo III.Speaking to TheJournal.ie from a hotel in Budapest, she says that the idea and execution are a long time in the making.“It’s an idea I’ve had for a long time, but I’ve been touring since 2011.“I know gamers love the backstory – the people behind the work – but this is a way to show the thought process behind the pieces.” Source: Craig Stuart Garfinkle/YouTubeThat thought process, she says, is seen throughout what we think of as “modern” orchestral music.“I’ve listened to and gone – oh, there’s a Stravinsky reference, there’s a Holtz reference – this a smart audience and a very grown-up show.“I’ll be sharing what I see in the pieces and let people go into their own headspace and do their own thing.”So, what can people expect next week?“All of my favourite pieces are in the show. It’s like my own mixtape for my friends. This is the concert I would want to go to.We don’t need visuals, we don’t need any bells and whistles. When you hear Resident Evil next to Firebirds, it makes sense. When you hear Final Fantasy 8 next to Mozart, it makes sense.“They were written 150 years apart but are so alike.” Source: Steve Humphreys PH 00353872523396Next Friday will see Eimear take charge of Ireland’s national orchestra for the first time, but it will be her ninth national orchestra.Which is not bad going for a native of Kilconnell in Galway.“One of things that fascinates me is being able to communicate wordlessly with orchestras – I don’t speak Chinese or Hungarian. It’s a whole other level. A good conductor will come up with an interesting interpretation and inspire the orchestra. Musicians are the same kind of soul – just from a different culture.“Sometimes audiences say they can see the music.The Philadelphia Orchestra was special for me. I grew up listening to them. Sydney Opera House was another where I couldn’t believe where I was standing. And the Royal Philharmonic were absolute rock stars. There have been so many.With just days to go, Noone has a special word for the team at RTÉ.“I have to commend the team at the National Symphony Orchestra for pursuing this. They’re taking a leap of faith – this has never been done before.“I want to show people that this is how we do it in Ireland.”Video Games Classic takes place Friday, 2 December at 8pm in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Tickets priced from €20-€45 are available here.Read: “He watched the Late Late Show”: The night an unknown Jeff Buckley played the Trinity Ball http://jrnl.ie/3100392 13 Comments Share207 Tweet Email3 Image: Steve Humphreys PH 00353872523396 Nov 26th 2016, 10:00 PM By Paul Hosford Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 10:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Well Leave It There So Larkin bids farwell Zaur signs new deal

first_img Dec 2nd 2016, 8:00 PM The Ultimate Fighter Season 24 Finale takes place, with Mighty Mouse up against Tim Elliot on Saturday night.Finally, there’s a full slate of NFL games on Sunday as the playoff picture should become a little bit clearer..Showbiz, Baby!Remember this game between Barca and Real in 2005? Ronaldinho scored two cracking individual goals and received applause from the Real fans. Source: FC Barcelona/YouTubeThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Kevin O’Brien Nico Rosberg has sensationally retired just days after winning the F1 World ChampionshipCristiano Ronaldo is accused of using an Irish company to avoid Spanish taxThe final shortlist for FIFA Puskas award is announcedThe Brisbane coach says they’re not in the race to bring Robbie Keane to OzThe Best Thing We SharedThe kids at a Cork school received a visit from John Kavanagh and the UFC lightweight belt. Source: The42.ie/YouTubeOn The RecordNico Rosberg quits Formula One while he’s at the top.Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right.” Mayo GAA team expenses rose to €1.6 million this year but they still had a surplusPat Hickey set to return to Ireland as bond money for passport is receivedJoey Carbery will start at 10 as Leinster look to bounce back against DragonsAway Source: James Crombie/INPHO 1 Comment Home Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO Share11 Tweet Email https://the42.ie/3117111 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 8:00 PMcenter_img 8,624 Views Source: David DaviesWhere we were todayShane Costello was at Leinster Rugby’s press conference at the RDS to hear from Leo Cullen and Isa Nacewa, while Ben Blake was at the Aviva Stadium to chat with new Shamrock Rovers signing Paul Corry. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe Fixture ListThere are some big matches in the Premier League this weekend, including Man City against Chelsea in the early Saturday kick-off.In La Liga the Nou Camp is the venue for El Classico, Barcelona v Real Madrid, at 3.15pm on Saturday.It’s a relatively quiet weekend in the GAA world, although there’s a big game in Portlaoise where Cuala play O’Loughlin Gaels in the Leinster club SHC final.A number of Pro12 ties are taking place, with Connacht, Ulster and Leinster in action on Saturday.England play Australia in the final round of Autumn Internationals.We have a busy weekend of horse racing, with some big races at Sandown and Fairyhouse.All eyes will be on Tiger Woods this weekend at the Hero World Championships, while Paul Dunne is in action in South Africa. We’ll Leave It There So: Larkin bids farwell, Zaur signs new deal and all today’s sport Plus, all the weekend’s key fixtures. Zaur Antia will stay on as Irish boxing coach for the next 5 yearsKilkenny’s 8-time All-Ireland winner Eoin Larkin announced his retirement Follow us: read more

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Russia orders prison inmate on hunger strike to pay his own medical

first_img 11,917 Views Monday 13 Feb 2017, 8:21 PM Short URL Feb 13th 2017, 8:21 PM Russia orders prison inmate on hunger strike to pay his own medical costs Andrei Krekov said he went on hunger strike after being placed in solitary confinement. File photo Image: Shutterstock/sakhorn http://jrnl.ie/3238339 File photocenter_img Share40 Tweet Email By AFP RUSSIA HAS ORDERED a prisoner to pay his own medical costs after he went on hunger strike over jail conditions, his lawyer said today, a move that could curb protests against poor treatment of convicts.The prison service is forcing Andrei Krekov, 36, a lawyer from the northwestern Arkhangelsk region, to cover costs of some 50,000 roubles (€813) resulting from a 27-day hunger strike last year.Prisoners in Russia have little recourse to draw attention to abuses and often resort to hunger strikes as a way of highlighting their plight.High-profile detainees in Russian jails who have held hunger strikes include the Pussy Riot punks, former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.“We have huge doubts about the legality of this lawsuit,” said Alexei Fedyarov, a lawyer from Sitting Rus, an organisation that campaigns for prisoners’ rights, who has taken up Krekov’s case.“The lawsuit and the decision on it will set a precedent,” he said, warning that hunger strikes “could simply die out.”Krekov is serving a sentence of 2 years and 8 months in a penal colony after being jailed in 2015 for allegedly biting a policeman on the leg, a charge he says was fabricated after he reported a police beating.Krekov’s partner Viktoria, who asked not to give her full name for fear of repercussions, told AFP he launched a hunger strike after being placed in an isolation cell as punishment for allegedly making an unsanctioned phone call.At the end of his hunger strike his health deteriorated and he was hospitalised for nine days.While Krekov is entitled to free state hospital treatment, he was given private treatment for reasons that are unclear, and the prison service is suing him over the medical costs of 28,917 roubles (€470.15), arguing he deliberately damaged his health.In addition he is being ordered to pay 21,616 roubles (€351.44) for costs including convoy guards and even petrol.A magistrates’ court has upheld the payment demand and Krekov has taken the case through numerous appeals, running up legal bills of 500,000 roubles (€8,129), his partner said.- © AFP 2017Read: Putin apologises after Russian air strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiersRead: Trump insists he doesn’t know Putin – or have any deals in Russia 40 Comments Image: Shutterstock/sakhorn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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I feel like I can relate to Munster I think Ive got

first_img‘I feel like I can relate to Munster. I think I’ve got that connection’ Jaco Taute feels at home in Munster after a torrid time with injuries at home in South Africa. Short URL Share Tweet Email2 33,722 Views Conan power, Isa magic and a red card see Leinster cruise past Montpellier into 1/4 finalsLong lay-offs for Copeland and Arnold but Munster optimistic on O’Donnell Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 10:00 AM Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/3185700 Taute tackles Brendan Macken at the 2011 JWC. Source: Dino PanatoSpringboks coach Heyneke Meyer involved him in Springboks camps and then handed the then 21-year-old his Test debut in a Rugby Championship clash with Australia, when Taute started alongside Jean de Villiers in a 31-8 win.“It was amazing,” he says. “If you love rugby in South Africa, you want to become a Springbok. It was a massive achievement for me and starting your first Test is amazing.”He kept his place for a defeat to the All Blacks a week later, before travelling on the November tour of Europe and starting the 16-12 win over Ireland.Winning in a Springboks shirt for a second time was a precious feeling, but that night in Dublin allowed Taute to build some important bonds with men who would become his team-mates in the future.Simon Zebo was at fullback for Ireland, with Conor Murray at scrum-half. Keith Earls, meanwhile, was Taute’s opposite number at 13. The South African was struck by the Munster men’s friendly attitude post-match.“It was at the function after the match and I always remembered them,” says Taute. “Sound fellas, friendly and talkative. Simon and Conor are great chaps, down to earth, humble guys, so I always remembered having a good craic after the game.”A night out?“We did have a night out that night, I think we went to Copper Face Jacks. It stayed open late but it was fun!”Little did Taute know that the Irish trio would be his team-mates in the future. Returning home to South Africa after a season that had brought his first three Test caps, he was only thinking of a long stint as a Springbok.“I remember coming back from the autumn internationals and that’s normally when the guys back home have pre-season and they give the Springboks time off until January,” he recalls. Tommy Bowe braces for impact against Taute in Dublin in 2012. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“I remember training straight away when I came back. I was training hard and trying to be super fit and work on stuff. It makes you more hungry because you want to play at that level again. I thought I could keep going but all the injuries happened.”With the Kings replacing the Lions in Super Rugby in 2013, Taute needed to make a move and settled on the Stormers in Cape Town, initially on loan. Enthusiastic after his Springboks caps, he was eager to make an early impression but was crippled by injury.First, a burst testicle on his debut against the Bulls. ”That was horrible,” he says, shaking his head and opting not to go into further detail.An operation meant a short stint out of the game, but his comeback lasted only two games before a vicious knee injury against the Cheetahs. Taute not only tore his ACL, but also his PCL, MCL, medial meniscus, lateral meniscus, and part of his calf. The kind of knee injury that can end careers.“It’s the worst one you can get,” says Taute. “I remember I got an infection in the knee after five months of rehab too, randomly. I had to have a clean out again and I was five steps back in my rehab.“That was tough but I took it week by week and here I am three years later still playing and loving it.”It took a full year to get back on the pitch, but Taute then enjoyed an injury-free run as he played virtually the entire 2014 Super Rugby season for the Stormers and then helped Western Province to the 2014 Currie Cup, playing alongside current Munster team-mate Jean Kleyn.“That was probably my best season,” says Taute, but more injury travails followed. Knee surgery to clear out loose cartilage and then a groin injury meant Taute’s 2015 was ruined, although he was fully fit again in time for the start of the 2016 campaign.Then an ankle injury, meaning just four Super Rugby appearances last year.As Taute dealt with these cruel injuries, playing only intermittently as he looked to battle back to form and fitness, he faced criticism from Stormers fans and some of the wider South African rugby public. Taute has fitted in well at Munster. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“It was tough, I’m not going to lie,” says Taute. “A lot of people don’t know about the behind-the-scenes work you put into coming back from things like this.“You’re playing to get back into the team, and also in different positions – I don’t think that helped me a lot. The competition was tough at the Stormers, they had great centres and fullbacks.“I worked extremely hard every time I got injured to come back in better shape. It never seemed to click. I played well here and there, but I couldn’t get going in Super Rugby because I was injured the whole time.“The only season I played in full was 2014 at fullback. In 2016 again, I was in the best shape of my life and come January, syndesmosis in my ankle. I missed the majority of the season but came back when we got into the quarter-final, we got absolutely ravaged by the Chiefs.“It was tough but tough times are good for you sometimes, it teaches you a lot about yourself, the bigger picture and the grand scheme of the things.”Then out of the blue last August came a call from Rassie Erasmus, the new director of rugby at Munster. Taute had worked with Erasmus briefly during his time with the Springboks, but knew him by reputation more than in terms of a working relationship.Francis Saili had been ruled out for the first half of the season and Erasmus told Taute he was looking for a medical joker.“I just said, ‘Yes, I would love that.’ A fresh start, something different. A change is sometimes as good as a holiday. I said I’d love to.”It helped that Taute was familiar with Munster, having watched their European successes in the 2000s. Peter Stringer crossing for that famous try against Biarritz in 2006 is the strongest memory he has of watching the southern province.Taute got in touch with his friend Kleyn, who had moved to Munster only a few weeks before, while he also spoke to a school friend who had played with Old Wesley after school about Irish culture. But even before that, his mind had been made up. Jan 14th 2017, 10:00 AM Taute starts again today against Glasgow Warriors. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhile he may not have known Erasmus very well, Taute was linking up with his long-time Stormers and Western Province coach again in Jacques Nienaber.“He’s a great man and a great coach,” says Taute of Nienaber. “He’s technically very good, he’s motivating and he loves his job. You can feel that, so it’s fun to work with him.“He challenges you a lot, so there’s no place for complacency or staying in your comfort zone.”Linking up with Nienaber also meant that Taute was going into a defensive system that he knew well, even if there have been some tweaks at Munster.Taute says he loves to defend, and misses that side of the game when he plays at fullback. His intelligent reading of the game allows him to shoot out of the line regularly, from where he unleashes the aggression that comes to him so easily.“It’s just my personality trait. I enjoy it. I can’t put my finger on it, but I love it. That’s where a few of my nicknames come from too – I think I work hard and I love to be a leader on the field in that aspect, try my best and be aggressive.“Sometimes they call me the Frogman, or Frog. It’s just because you play and lead, and just defend. It all comes naturally. I don’t need to think, ‘I’m going to be physical.’ It just happens.”The calls for Taute’s initial four-month loan to be extended rapidly grew into a cohesive roar from Munster’s supporters, and it came as little surprise that Erasmus brought his case before the IRFU.Keen for Munster’s resurgence to continue, the union’s performance director, David Nucifora, was receptive and when the Stormers also agreed, Taute didn’t think twice about signing on until the end of the season.“I’m so glad it panned out that way because I’m really enjoying the whole place,” says Taute. “It’s been going well for the club. I’m in a privileged position because the team’s been winning. Taute and some of his Munster team-mates watch the province’s A team. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“There’s so much hard work left and I’d rather be here to work hard than just go. I’m very glad I could stay and be here for the journey because it’s been a special journey so far.”Taute’s current contract with the Stormers – he remains on loan now – expires later this year, meaning he would be available to sign on a longer-term contract.Munster may not be given the IRFU nod in that case, however, although their argument would be strengthened if Saili – now back from injury – was to leave in the summer.“We don’t even think about it because me and Francis are good mates,” says Taute of the potential for one of them to be kept on. “We’re the same age and we’re both very competitive players. We’re both enjoying this experience because we know if one slacks off, the other will take your position – even if we’re mates.Now living with second row Kleyn in Castletroy, five minutes from Munster’s training base – after initially moving in with Saili – Taute is enjoying living in the “cool” city of Limerick.Himself and Kleyn will get the braai going as the weather improves, but the rugby is keeping Taute happy for now. Can he see himself staying with Munster longer-term, beyond the summer?“Yes, definitely,” says Taute. “If it’s going this well, why would you want to change anything? I’m enjoying the experience, enjoying the place, the club, I’m enjoying my rugby.“What I’ve learned is that at the end of the day, that’s the most important – to enjoy what you do.” Taute wants to help Munster to win trophies this season. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOFor the rest of this season, Taute is hopeful of featuring at outside centre as often as possible. He’s happy to play fullback “if the occasion comes up,” while he also points out that he can cover inside centre.“I enjoy playing 12 as well, if that’s needed in certain games when internationals are gone. Because a guy like Rory Scannell, he’s around the corner and very close, I feel, to get pulled up into international rugby.”Taute has achieved plenty in his first four and a half months with Munster, certainly in terms of earning respect from team-mates and supporters alike, but he believes there is plenty more to come.From a personal point of view, he has obvious ambitions of playing for the Springboks again, but Taute thinks only of the collective.“I would love to contribute to Munster winning trophies again,” says Taute. “That’s the bigger goal because my Dad taught me from a young age that you’re never bigger than the game and the team always comes first.“For me, that’s what I want to show – that the team comes first and that Munster can win trophies.“Everyone wants to play international rugby and I have all those aspirations of playing at my very best. But to do that, first you have to give everything to the team.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! RARELY BEFORE HAS a player become so representative of a province as quickly as Jaco Taute has at Munster.They love him in Thomond Park.The aggression. The work rate. The thirst for physical confrontation. And the passion, that intensity he clearly feels when wearing the famous red jersey. Taute has shown real passion for Munster. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOAs Munster have negotiated their way through the most difficult emotional experience in their history, Taute has been a leader. The image of him beating his chest after scoring a try against Glasgow the day after Anthony Foley was buried will never be forgotten.In several ways, it is a perfect marriage between player and province – even though Taute hails from the town of Springs on South Africa’s East Rand.He was something of a superstar as a youngster, rising rapidly through the ranks to make his Springboks debut as a 21-year-old. A series of cruel injuries – burst testicle, severe knee damage, more knee trouble, groin, ankle – halted his progress thereafter.He was written off more than once and now, aged 25, Taute believes that his spirit matches that of Munster.“All those struggles, it motivates you even more,” says Taute at Munster’s impressive high performance centre in the University of Limerick.The room we’re sitting in is almost entirely empty, fittingly. The move to Ireland represented a fresh start for Taute, a blank canvas, and he has feels a sense of kindredness here.His thoughts come in staccato bursts as he speaks.“To come to a place where rugby is so special to the community, to Limerick, Cork and all the counties… Thomond Park and the history behind it… Munster always being the underdogs and winning… That’s special for me.“I like that, because I’m a small town boy. In my life and coming back from injuries, you always heard people saying, ‘He’s never going to make it’ and I feel like I can relate to Munster that way. It’s a team that never gives up, always pulls the rabbit out of the hat.“It’s a special place and I think I’ve got that connection with it.”The bond was furthered by the shocking nature of Foley’s death in Paris in October, around a month after Taute had arrived. Taute embraces CJ Stander after the win over Glasgow in October. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOFor himself and the other new faces in the squad, the aftermath has been a strange experience. Taute felt that the only way he could provide true support was by bringing every ounce of his work rate, as those around him struggled.“We didn’t know Axel that well,” says Taute, “so we didn’t know how to express how heartfelt we felt for the guys who had been training and playing with him for four years, even more for the coaches.“The only way of showing that was by playing. That’s trying hard every weekend and showing that you care for those players.“Munster was almost everything to Axel. Not knowing him made it tough, because you can’t relate to a guy who spent four years with him. We tried to support the guys and show them that we care. The only way you can show that is by trying your best.“It’s something I’ve never experienced in my life playing and hopefully no one ever experiences that again. It was shocking and humbling at the same time, because it teaches you to appreciate everything.”Taute has certainly maintained that mindset, repeatedly mentioning how grateful he is to be fit and healthy at Munster.He is enthusiastic to have extended his deal at the province through until the end of the season and says he can “definitely” see himself remaining here beyond the summer.Things could have been so different for Taute, although he doesn’t waste time wondering.Raised in Springs, to the east of Johannesburg, Jacob Johannes Taute was part of a sporting family. His father played provincial rugby, his brother was a cricketer and his two sisters enjoyed athletics.He was already in demand by the time he featured for the U16 Valke provincial team at the U16 Grant Khomo Week, a national competition involving the most promising young players in South Africa. Taute makes a break for the Lions in 2012. Source: Photosport/Anthony Au-Yeung/INPHOScouts from Hoërskool Monument, one of the leading rugby schools in the country, spotted his talent despite a series of hammerings for the Valke side. Taute was convinced to move to the boarding school in Krugersdorp, west of Jo’burg.“It worked out perfectly. It’s a really strong, competitive school,” says Taute of ‘Monnas,’ an institution that has produced Springboks like Brendan Venter, Jaque Fourie, Willem Alberts and Heinke van der Merwe.“It was an eye-opener to see how good the boys were. You had to train hard and play hard if you wanted to play for the first team.”Clearly Taute did so, as he galloped up the ranks. He played for the Lions provincial side at the U18 Craven Week – the national provincial competition – in 2008, despite being a year younger than most of his team-mates.He starred in that tournament the following year too, then made his Currie Cup debut for the senior Lions team just months later, while still in school and in the middle of final year exams.2010 – three Super Rugby caps, third place in the Junior World Championship with South Africa’s U20 team.2011 – a full Super Rugby campaign at fullback for the Lions, another Junior World Championship. Taute was marked out as a major prospect in South Africa.“Stuff happened quite fast, but it wasn’t always a smooth ride. It was tough because the Lions didn’t do very well in Super Rugby those years. A team that doesn’t win, you struggle as individuals as well.“I think some guys, when they’re young, go into a winning team and it’s smooth sailing. I went into a team that wasn’t winning and it was very tough, so I learned a lot of lessons.”The Lions struggled again in 2012, winning just three Super Rugby games, but Taute continued to show his promise, now playing in midfield. 33 Comments By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Teenagers charged with attempted murder over Saturday night hostel stabbing

first_img No Comments By Daragh Brophy TWO 18-YEAR-OLDS are due in court in Belfast this morning charged in connection with an attack on a man in the city on Saturday night.According to the PSNI, a 20-year-old man sustained a stab wound to the neck at a hostel facility on Malone Road.The man was treated in hospital and his injury is not now believed to be life-threatening.According to the force: Short URL 15,505 Views http://jrnl.ie/3332469 As is usual procedure the charges will be reviewed by the PPS.Comments are closed as the matter is before the courts. Read: Bus Éireann strike: ‘All sides committed to conclusion in next 24 hours’ >Read: State of emergency declared as Egypt is warned of ‘long and painful’ war against jihadists > Two men, both 18, have been charged with a number of offences including attempted murder and are expected to appear at Belfast magistrates court this morning, Monday 10 April. Monday 10 Apr 2017, 8:24 AM Teenagers charged with attempted murder over Saturday night hostel stabbing A 20-year-old man sustained a stab wound to the neck. Apr 10th 2017, 8:24 AM Share1 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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No gender in life under Davy Fitz gains in the GAA and

first_img Mar 6th 2019, 7:00 AM Short URL Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM 29,103 Views “I do see the value now — when you’re in the thick of things and putting in serious hours — the value of having the right people around you. Your friends and your family, that’s so important for me anyway. It’s environmental. That’s number one. “Number two: role models. You don’t see yourself as a role model, you see yourself as someone going in and getting the job done. Step up and deliver what you have to do, look to be challenged at every turn.”The 31-year-old has experienced absolutely no issues so far as a female coach — she sees herself as just a coach, plain and simple, exactly as her players and the rest of the backroom team do — and she was, in no way, forced to have a thicker skin from the get-go. In goal with Wexford in 2016. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOShe had the confidence, and that was noted.“My own confidence was backed by a gentleman who gave me an opportunity, and that man’s name is Davy Fitzgerald,” she smiles.“There was no gender. There was someone who has achieved something and who maybe brings something different. That’s a sign of a strong leader who is willing to look outside the box and not just go to the normal tool kit and bring in the norm.“I was given an opportunity to come in last year and link in with the head goalkeeping coach. To assist him and to bring new ideas — any ideas. It was a great learning curve for me to be involved. This year I’ve taken a wider, broader stance. I’m involved in outfield collective play as well. I do a lot of face-to-face with the player.”With Chelsea Women’s Super League manager Hayes to her immediate right, D’Arcy alludes to her set-up, and her players in London. “When you’re in the professional side of sport, you have more contact with players,” she continues. “There’s an opportunity to go in from nine to four each day and see the player, talk to the player, get to know the player.“In GAA circles, you have three to four hours in the evenings. Players are coming in, stressed coming from work with stuff going on in their lives. They’re there to train.“What has evolved in the game, I think, is getting to know the player outside of the training environment. That will only bring them on in the training environment too.“I’ve loved every minute of it. I have everything positive to say about my experience. The lads are great. Davy’s a mentor. The other coaches are mentors to me as well. I have a lot to learn still, I put my hands up there.” Wexford hurling coach Mags D’Arcy. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOWhile she says she puts them up, D’Arcy is taking that need to learn more into her own hands and using her initiative. Valentine’s Day this year was an interesting one, — she again thanks her partner — spent in London, putting in a few valuable hours with the Arsenal Women’s Super League team. Their manager, Joe Montemurro, welcomed her in with open arms to watch a training session. ‘This is just going to be everything beyond my expectation,’ D’Arcy thought to herself before watching Irish duo Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn run through their daily routine with their side.“I was just looking at it going, ‘Isn’t it fantastic to be a player able to just rock in as professionally as you can under a great coaching staff, and to be looked after to the best of their ability.’ Everything they were doing, we do it back here in Ireland in the GAA. “There was no differential in terms of what we’re trying to achieve: the game itself, the movement, the positioning of players, tactical work. We do it here but just on a lesser scale in terms of face-to-face time. “We talk about gains in the game. Gains in the game in the GAA for me is getting to develop the player off the field so when they come to training, the team has the confidence to develop to a greater height.”As she touched on earlier, being a role model is a big thing for D’Arcy. She tells a story of how in Wexford Park a few weeks ago, she was walking towards the dressing rooms with two of the senior hurlers when she heard a voice. Mags, we want your autograph…It was the father of a young girl, with D’Arcy more than happy to oblige as the two Model men’s stars shuffled on towards their destination, slightly bemused. Celebrating St Martin’s All-Ireland semi-final win. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO“We do knock a bit of craic out of it — the way the men haven’t achieved anything in a while, the way the women have,” she laughs, before realising she may have stuck her foot in it. The rescue attempt.“Now, the landscape is very much changing.”Too late.Wexford camogie, is of course, going through a turbulent time at the minute. They were unable to field a team in an early round of the league and having lost their manager, there’s been plenty of backlash since.MC Joanne Cantwell stalls her, prying for D’Arcy’s opinion or inside knowledge, but that’s to no avail. “We’re here for a specific reason today,” the Wexford coach puts her foot down, before picking up where she was.“To be honest, I do take my role very seriously. I do want to make sure that I am challenging myself at every turn, that I’m exposing myself to as many people in the industry, and as many teams in as many sports to upskill continuously.“In this game, once you are the same as everyone else, you’re pretty much a static commodity. You have to be evolving, your thinking has to be evolving. It has helped my general play as a current club player. “Sunday didn’t go to the manner we had wished, but that’s a learning curve for me as a player and me as a wannabe coach in years to come.”After a bit more chat and further questioning of Hayes and Neville, it’s back to D’Arcy for her parting shot. D’Arcy dejected in Croke Park on Sunday. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOCantwell is straight in: does she see herself as the next Wexford camogie or hurling manager?“I’m still at my learning phase, I’m not getting… you’re trying to take a headline there!” she responds, to more laughter and applause from the audience. “Davy is not under threat by anything.“I think before you assert yourself in that that position, you have to do your internship as such. That’s what I frame what I’m doing at the moment.“I couldn’t be in a better environment for it. I feel quite lucky to be in the environment I’m in. For Wexford hurling, it’s three years of a three-year plan. The guys are getting stronger, more conditioned, they’re faster. It’s going to be a very exciting summer for Wexford hopefully.“We’ve utilised a lot of the panel in the league. We’re at a stage now where we have options off the bench, something every team are aspiring to have after Limerick’s state of play last year. It’s at the point now where we’re ready for silverware.”Silverware in the league, is that a priority?“Everything’s a priority, Joanne. Every game is a priority.”“One game at a time, ok,” Cantwell concludes with a smile and her own warm reception from the crowd.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: No Comments https://the42.ie/4525797 Share127 Tweet Email “NOT ONLY DO I not have an All-Ireland club medal, but I don’t have an MBE either,” Wexford legend Mags D’Arcy grins to rapturous laughter around the room. Mags D’Arcy amd Davy Fitzs’ management team. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHOThe four-time All-Ireland senior inter-county camogie championship winner and Davy Fitzgerald’s hurling coach is under the spotlight at Liberty Insurance’s Women in Sport: The Coaching Effect event, alongside England Netball Coach Tracey Neville MBE and Chelsea women’s manager Emma Hayes MBE.D’Arcy, a two-time All-Star winning goalkeeper, is just off the back of a heartbreaking All-Ireland final loss with her club St Martin’s in Croke Park on Sunday, but is in high spirits against the odds.“My journey isn’t as well developed as the girls in terms of coaching,” she says, 12 months since she confirmed her addition to Fitzpatrick’s backroom team at the same event in 2018.“I’m a complete rookie at this stage in my career. Over the last 13 to 14 months, I’ve really seen the value of creating an inner circle and surrounding yourself with the right people. I’m very lucky to have a very supportive partner who allows me to follow my passion.“Creating the right environment is incredibly important to be able to harness those opportunities. To be in the right position in life to be able to take the opportunity once it comes. Maybe I’ve grown up a little bit since last year,” she smirks. ‘No gender’ in life under Davy Fitz, gains in the GAA and a recent learning trip to Arsenal Wexford legend Mags D’Arcy is enjoying her ‘internship’ in the Wexford senior hurling backroom team. By Emma Duffy Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Four men arrested over Drogheda shooting

first_imgFour men arrested over Drogheda shooting The shooting incident took place at a retail park in February. Image: LMFM GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING A shooting in Drogheda in February have arrested four men in connection with the incident.On 26 February, a man in his 30s was shot five times as he was walking out of a shop in the M1 Retail Park on the outskirts of the Louth town.It’s understood the shooting was connected with feuding gangs in the area.This morning, gardaí arrested the four men (aged 23, 23, 27 and 49), and they are currently being detained at Drogheda and Dundalk Garda Stations under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.A number of premises were also searched in Drogheda this morning in connection with the investigation, gardaí said.  Apr 15th 2019, 10:06 AM Gardaí at the scene of the shooting Image: LMFM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,293 Views Gardaí at the scene of the shootingcenter_img Share32 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4592139 Monday 15 Apr 2019, 10:06 AM By Sean Murray Short URL 10 Comments last_img read more

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25 arrested for human trafficking

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Twenty-five people, including four police officers, were arrested in a police operation to dismantle one of the largest human trafficking rings in Eastern Europe and the Balkans which was active in the “recruitment “ of foreign women that were then made to work in strip clubs, illegal brothels or as escorts. Raids were conducted on eight night clubs, four brothels, two yachts and 10 houses. The leader of the ring was a nightclub owner and the two “lieutenants” were also in the same line of work. Their operation included four strip clubs in Greece and one in Germany, while two more such clubs were being planned in the west Athens district of Peristeri and on the Aegean islands of Rhodes.last_img read more

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Crack down on illegal puppy farms

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian government is cracking down on illegal puppy farms by introducing tough new penalties, massive fines for cruelty, equipping the RSPCA with new policing and confiscation powers, seizing profits and assets of illegal puppy farms and establishing an Animal Welfare Fund. “Legislation being introduced into Parliament this week will deliver on our election commitment to crack down on illegal puppy farms and ensure operators are held accountable for the welfare of animals in their care,” Mr Baillieu said. “We are not going to tolerate cruelty to animals and these are some of the strongest laws ever introduced to protect animals from abuse and neglect. “I am appalled by the images I have seen of abused and helpless animals and we will be establishing a $1.6 million Animal Welfare Fund to assist organisations that provide care and treatment for these abused animals. “The legislation will also make it illegal to sell or advertise the sale of puppies without a microchip identification number or notice, giving the community confidence that puppies sold are only from legitimate breeders,” Mr Baillieu said. The crackdown includes: • an increase in maximum penalties for puppy farms operating illegally, from $1,195 to $20,000• penalties of up to $30,000 for rogue operators that breach a Code of Practice• a ban on owning animals, of up to 10 years, for those found guilty of operating un-registered puppy farms or breaching a code of conduct• the introduction of a new offence for breeding establishments that fail to provide a microchip number (or council domestic animal business registration number) in an advertisement for a dog or cat• the potential seizure of profits, assets and property of illegal puppy farm operatorslast_img read more

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Bank withdrawals rising in Greece

first_imgGreek banks are suffering from fresh turbulence due to the tension and the apparent collision course between Athens and its creditors. Bank stocks gave up more than 8 per cent of their value on Wednesday, while the outflow of deposits was far greater than on previous days.Credit sector officials estimated that the flight of deposits yesterday alone amounted to 350-400 million euros, which was some five times higher than the daily average in previous days. They added that Wednesday’s withdrawals totalled the most since an agreement was reached at the February 20 Eurogroup meeting.This followed a statement by Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem regarding the possibility of imposing capital controls in Greece. There was also a flurry of statements from Greek and European officials that aggravated the climate between the two sides, a phenomenon that continued on Wednesday.In this context banks are worried about a new surge of withdrawals while the credit system is at a marginal point and with the European Central Bank only supplying liquidity drop by drop.The governing council of the ECB is expected to renew the financing of Greek lenders through the Bank of Greece’s emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) mechanism and will probably increase the limit of funding that now stands at 69.4 billion euros. The increase will again be small, just as was the case at the last few meetings of the ECB board, aimed only at covering necessary cash needs.Deposits and the credit system have taken a big blow in the last few months due to the political and economic uncertainty as well as the absence of any progress toward finding a solution to the standoff between Greece and its creditors. Banks estimate that the deposits of households and enterprises have declined by as much as 26 billion euros since the end of November, and today amount to no more than 138 billion.Bank of Greece data showed that deposits shrank by 4 billion euros in December and went on to drop by 12 billion in January. Bankers estimate that the outflow has amounted to another 10 billion euros since early February. Therefore deposits have declined to their lowest level since the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2010, while banks’ smooth operation is secured by the funding of the Eurosystem. Domestic lenders had tapped a total of 104 billion euros through the ELA mechanism of the BoG and from the ECB by end-February.Of course the liquidity crisis has had a direct impact on the issue of loans. According to credit sector officials, all procedures for the issue of new loans have been frozen for the last few months, thereby reversing plans for a credit expansion within 2015.They also point out that unless there is an agreement between the government and its creditors soon, in order to lift the uncertainty, then the consequences on the Greek economy will be such that they will be impossible to reverse even if a better agreement is eventually reached with the country’s eurozone peers.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Celebrating innovation and craftsmanship in Athens

first_imgPromoted as being “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth”, Maker Faire is travelling to Athens, Greece, for a weekend of fun, craftsmanship and inventions. Stemming from San Mateo, California, Maker Faire is a staple of the events calendar in both the West and East Coast in the US and for the past twenty years, it has been expanding its reach to Berlin, Paris, Rome and Tokyo, among oter cities, bringing together the international “Makers” community, that is amateur scientists, tech enthusiasts, crafters and garage tinkerers, eager to present their ‘inventions’ and creations. 85 makers will take part in the exhibition, which covers all areas of invention, including crafts, mechanics, innovation and food. The event will also include 30 talks and workshops, covering anything from 3D printing to coding to macrame. A family-friendly event, the Mini Maker Faire is hailed as a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Do-it-yourself technology is on the rise, taking advantage of the affordability of tools and the emergence of new funding options, such as crowdfunding. For many in Greece, such events can prove to be an outlet of creativity, innovation, or even an opportunity to market their skills. The 1st Athens Maker Faire takes place this weekend at the Exhibition Center of Peristieri.For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/makerfaireathens Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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First crematorium in Greece to be up and running in 2019

first_imgThe construction of Thessaloniki’s first crematorium is well underway at the First Municipal Cemetery in Thermi.On Wednesday during a tour of ongoing municipal initiatives the port city’s mayor, Yiannis Boutaris was optimistic it would be up and running by the first half of 2019.“The process has moved forward quite significantly,” he said.“All that is left is the local zoning plan, which we believe will be finished and approved by the end of the summer.”Since cremations were legalised in Greece in 2006 there has been strong opposition from the Church of Greece.Aside from religious motivations, traditional burials are also a significant source of revenue for the funeral industry, local churches and municipalities.Currently those seeking to cremate their deceased loved ones have been transporting the bodies to Bulgaria with the estimated price tag of €10,000.Once local cremation centres are open and running, the average cost will be around €500 to €600.In addition to the crematorium underway in Thessaloniki, there are also plans to construct similar centres in Athens and Patra. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Microsoft publie les prix et les dates de sortie dOffice 2010

first_imgMicrosoft publie les prix et les dates de sortie d’Office 2010France – Microsoft a annoncé qu’Office 2010 serait bien disponible pour les professionnels le 12 mai et pour le grand public en juin. De plus, les acquéreurs d’Office 2007 pourront bénéficier d’une offre sur l’achat de la mouture 2010.Microsoft a confirmé la prochaine commercialisation de la mouture 2010 de sa suite bureautique Office. Chaque version est proposée à un prix différent : Famille et Étudiant à 139 euros en boîte ou 109 euros en téléchargement, Famille et Petite entreprise (Outlook en plus) à 379 ou 249 euros et enfin Professionnelle (avec Publisher et Access) à 699 ou 499 euros. L’éditeur américain a aussi confirmé que le logiciel serait gratuit pour les possesseurs d’Office 2007 ayant activé leur produit avant le 30 septembre. De plus, une réduction de 25 euros est possible sur Office 2007 pour tout achat effectué avant le 8 mai. La version définitive d’Office 2010 sera terminée le mois prochain mais la version Bêta est déjà disponible sur la toile.Le 9 mars 2010 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Tornade un Texan la filme de lintérieur

first_imgTornade : un Texan la filme de l’intérieur Texas, États-Unis – Un automobiliste a réussi à filmer une vidéo spectaculaire du moment où une tornade touche terre à Rice, dans le comté de Navarro.Ce responsable de la gestion des opérations d’urgence du comté a filmé la scène, toujours au volant, alors que son véhicule pénétrait à l’intérieur de la tornade.Celle-ci s’est abattue sur la ville américaine dimanche soir, faisant au moins quatre blessés. Plusieurs maisons se sont écroulées, certaines infrastructures comme les établissements scolaires ont été endommagées et des wagons de train ont déraillé.Le territoire américain est le plus touché au monde avec plus de 1.000 tornades par an. Le Texas fait partie de la région la plus exposée à ce phénomène, appelée la “Tornado Alley” (allée des tornades).Découvrez la tornade de l’intérieur en vidéo : https://www.maxisciences.com/tornade/un-automobiliste-filme-une-tornade-de-l-039-interieur_art9980.html Le 26 octobre 2010 à 13:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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France y atil danger pour laide médicale aux sanspapiers

first_imgFrance : y a-t-il danger pour l’aide médicale aux sans-papiers ?France – L’aide médicale aux sans-papiers pourrait bien être en danger alors que les députés examinent aujourd’hui, mardi 2 novembre, les amendements au projet de loi de finances 2011.Dans le cadre du projet de loi de finances 2011, un réajustement concernant l’Aide médicale d’État est prévue par les députés qui discutent aujourd’hui du projet. Cette aide prévoit ainsi que les étrangers en situation irrégulière puissent bénéficier d’une aide médicale gratuite lorsque leur état l’impose. Certains députés UMP ont d’ores et déjà expliqué qu’ils souhaitaient que cette aide soit moins importante. D’après plusieurs rumeurs, plusieurs amendements prévoiraient ainsi de ne plus accorder d’actes médicaux “superfétatoires” comme les fécondations in vitro, ainsi que la demande d’une contribution forfaitaire, explique l’Express.Plusieurs associations se mobilisent donc, comme Médecins du Monde qui explique par la voix du Dr Jean-François Corty : “L’attaque du dispositif AME, c’est faire passer des impératifs sécuritaires devant des impératifs de santé publique”. Mercredi 27 octobre, l’amendement proposé par Dominique Tian demandant la limitation de l’AME aux seuls soins “urgents et vitaux” a été rejeté par la Commission des affaires sociales de l’Assemblée. A noter également que seuls les sans-papiers aux revenus inférieurs à 634 euros par mois bénéficient de cette aide.Le 2 novembre 2010 à 15:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une canne virtuelle pour aider les malvoyants à sorienter

first_imgUne “canne” virtuelle pour aider les malvoyants à s’orienterUne “canne” virtuelle a été mise au point par l’Université hébraïque de Jérusalem. Elle permet aux malvoyants de s’orienter en reconstruisant une image de son environnement.Près de 200 millions de personnes dans le monde sont aujourd’hui malvoyants, comme le rappelle Le Figaro. Et si les conséquences de cette déficience sont nombreuses, le plus dur pour ces personnes est de parvenir à évaluer la hauteur des obstacles et d’identifier des objets plus éloignés, afin d’anticiper leur déplacement. C’est à partir des problèmes rencontrés et en se basant sur le principe de la canne blanche qu’a germé l’idée de mettre au point une canne virtuelle.À lire aussiLechal, les chaussures intelligentes qui viennent en aide aux malvoyantsDotée d’un système de capteurs et de vibrations, cette canne virtuelle est capable d’améliorer l’orientation et la mobilité des malvoyants, en les aidant à percevoir les différents obstacles présents sur leur chemin. Détaillé fin juin à Jérusalem, lors d’une conférence internationale intitulée “Facing Tomorow”, ce dispositif a été développé par le Dr Amir Amedi et son équipe.Pas plus grand qu’un téléphone portable, ce système utilise en fait le même principe qu’une lampe de poche, en émettant un faisceau. Lorsque la canne virtuelle repère un objet, elle transmet les informations à l’utilisateur via une légère vibration, semblable à celle d’un téléphone mobile. Pour que les malvoyants puissent évaluer aussi bien la hauteur que la distance à laquelle se trouvent les objets, le dispositif est équipé de toute une série de capteurs. Cette canne virtuelle a été pensée pour être aussi bien pratique (petite, facile à transporter, dotée d’une autonomie de douze heures et rechargeable) que fonctionnelle (précise et facile à prendre en main). Des résultats prometteurs Les scientifiques du laboratoire du Dr Amedi ont testé la canne virtuelle dans toutes sortes de situations afin d’étudier le fonctionnement du cerveau chez les personnes aveugles, et notamment sa capacité de réorganisation. Les chercheurs ont notamment mis en place un labyrinthe qui impose de marcher dans un environnement et des chemins changeants. Grâce à la canne virtuelle, et après une courte période de formation, une dizaine de malvoyants se sont déplacés avec succès dans le labyrinthe et ont réussi à éviter complètement les murs et les obstacles.Le 10 juillet 2011 à 12:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Une tablette tactile Amazon avant octobre

first_imgUne tablette tactile Amazon avant octobreSelon le Wall Street Journal, Amazon sortira une tablette tactile avant le mois d’octobre alors que deux nouveaux Kindle seraient également à l’étude.Le succès de sa liseuse électronique Kindle a semble-t-il poussé Amazon à se lancer dans les tablettes tactiles. Selon le Wall Street Journal, la marque serait en effet en train de planifier la commercialisation d’une tablette tactile qui “aurait un écran d’environ 9 pouces et fonctionnerait avec l’OS Android de Google”, relaye Le Monde. Soit une taille assez semblable à celle de l’iPad d’Apple (9,7 pouces), preuve que cette tablette, fabriquée par un fournisseur asiatique et fonctionnant sous Android, chercherait à concurrencer celle de la marque à la pomme. Néanmoins, si le journal économique affirme qu’il s’agit d’une quasi-certitude, rien n’a pour l’instant confirmé la rumeur de sortie d’ici octobre.  Par ailleurs, deux nouveaux modèles de Kindle, le produit star d’Amazon, seraient également en préparation. La première serait tactile alors que l’autre sera seulement un appareil “amélioré et moins cher”. Il faudra bien cela pour résister à la concurrence de Google, qui a annoncé qu’il se lançait sur le marchés des liseuses électroniques aux Etats-Unis.Le 18 juillet 2011 à 11:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Inde 36 morts après un violent séisme de magnitude 69

first_imgInde : 36 morts après un violent séisme de magnitude 6,9Dimanche, à 18h10 heure locale, un puissant séisme de magnitude 6,9 s’est produit dans un état du nord-est de l’Inde. Selon le dernier bilan officiel, il a fait 36 victimes, dont 5 au Nepal et 7 au Tibet, voisins de l’Inde.Le phénomène a été particulier meurtrier. Dimanche, l’Inde a tremblé sous l’effet d’un séisme de magnitude 6,9 qui s’est déclenché dans le Sikkim, Etat situé dans le nord-est du pays. Selon l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS), l’épicentre du séisme était situé à 60 kilomètres au nord-ouest de la capitale du Sikkim, Gangtok, mais le phénomène a largement retenti dans la région. Ainsi, il a également été ressenti au Népal, au Bhoutan, au Bangladesh, voisins de l’Inde, ainsi que dans les villes indiennes de Guwahati, Calcutta et la capitale fédérale New Delhi, rapporte Romandie.com. À lire aussiDes canards d’élevage découvrent les plaisirs de l’eau après avoir été libérés en IndeParticulièrement puissant, le séisme a fait s’effondrer de nombreux immeubles et maisons. Lundi, les secours s’affairaient encore dans les décombres pour venir en aide aux sinistrés, donnant une première évaluation des dégâts causés. D’après le dernier bilan officiel, les secousses ont fait 36 morts dans les régions où elles ont été ressenties. En Inde, 24 personnes ont trouvé la mort, dont quinze personnes dans le Sikkim et neuf autres dans des Etats indiens voisins. Au Népal, ce sont cinq victimes que ont été découvertes, dont au moins trois à Katmandou, la capitale, dans l’effondrement d’un mur de l’ambassade de Grande-Bretagne. Enfin, dans le sud du Tibet, la secousse a tué sept personnes et blessé près de 22, selon l’agence Chine nouvelle. Toutefois, de nouvelles victimes pourraient être identifiées dans les prochaines heures, alourdissant ce bilan qui reste pour l’instant provisoire.  Suite au séisme, le Premier ministre indien Manmohan Singh a convoqué une réunion d’urgence avec l’Autorité de gestion des catastrophes nationales, tandis que son chef de cabinet, Ajit Seth, a indiqué que des équipes des Etats indiens voisins étaient envoyées dans le Sikkim pour renforcer les opérations de secours. Le 19 septembre 2011 à 09:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Des cellules pancréatiques humaines créées en laboratoire

first_imgDes cellules pancréatiques humaines créées en laboratoireDes chercheurs de l’Inserm et du CNRS viennent de créer en laboratoire des cellules bêta pancréatiques humaines. Des cellules défectueuses dans les deux types de diabète 1 et 2 et si importantes pour réguler le taux de sucre dans l’organisme.C’est une première pour la recherche et plus particulièrement dans la lutte contre le diabète, maladie qui touche actuellement plus de trois millions de personnes en France. Depuis 30 ans, les chercheurs du monde entier tentent sans succès de reproduire les cellules bêta, productrices d’insuline, en laboratoire pour les étudier et comprendre leurs dysfonctionnements. Les cellules alpha et ces cellules bêta sont organisés en îlots dans la partie endocrine du pancréas, autrement dit celle qui produit les hormones. Tandis que les premières génèrent du glucagon, les secondes produisent, quant à elles, la fameuse insuline. Ce sont ces deux hormones qui régulent le taux de sucre dans l’organisme, une fois libérées dans le pancréas. Or, la destruction des cellules bêta productrices d’insuline conduit au diabète de type 1 tandis que la perturbation du fonctionnement de ces mêmes cellules conduit au diabète de type 2. D’où l’importance de concentrer des recherches sur ces structures comme l’ont fait les chercheurs de l’Inserm et du CNRS qui sont finalement parvenus à produire des cellules bêta pancréatiques humaines fonctionnelles productrices et sécrétrices d’insuline.Modifier l’expression génétique des cellules bêtaPour obtenir de telles cellules, les scientifiques ont dû suivre un protocole complexe en plusieurs étapes. Dans un premier temps, ils ont utilisé dans un fragment de foie foetal, un vecteur viral capable de s’intégrer dans l’ADN des cellules bêta, permettant ainsi d’effectuer un transfert de gènes et de conférer aux structures un avantage sélectif. Autrement dit, les cellules bêta sont devenues aptes à se multiplier continuellement sans dépérir.Dans un second temps, ils ont transplanté le tissu pancréatique dans l’organisme d’une souris immunodéficiente, permettant ainsi la différenciation et l’amplification des cellules bêta matures. Puis, après plusieurs mois, la tumeur formée a été retirée et dissociée, tandis que les cellules générées ont été amplifiées en culture, formant au final des lignées de cellules bêta stables, explique le communiqué du CNRS.”Certaines de ces lignées ont des propriétés moléculaires et fonctionnelles très proches d’une cellule bêta humaine adulte. Ces cellules expriment tous les gènes d’une cellule bêta. Aucune expression significative des autres hormones du pancréas endocrine ni des marqueurs du pancréas exocrine n’a été retrouvée “, explique ainsi Raphaël Scharfmann, directeur de recherche à l’Inserm.De nouveaux fondements thérapeutiquesÀ lire aussiDes chercheurs observent une nouvelle forme d’ADN dans des cellules vivantesUne fois les lignées conçues, il restait donc à tester l’efficacité des cellules. Pour ce faire, les chercheurs les ont greffées à une souris diabétique chez qui elles ont alors, parfaitement restauré le contrôle de la glycémie, indique Philippe Ravassard, co auteur de cette étude.Au vu de résultats si prometteurs, cette découverte a donc ouvert la voie à de nombreuses équipes de recherche pour travailler sur ces cellules bêta humaines tant attendues. Grâce à ce nouveau matériel, elles peuvent désormais espérer en savoir plus sur les propriétés et les dysfonctionnements de ces structures ou encore sur leur destruction observée dans les diabètes de type 1 et 2. Par ailleurs, ces cellules recréées rendront également possible la recherche de nouvelles molécules voire leur utilisation comme modèles précliniques de thérapie cellulaire du diabète.Mais avant de pouvoir faire de ces cellules un véritable traitement pour les diabétiques, il reste tout de même du chemin à parcourir. Le 27 septembre 2011 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Génétique Homo sapiens est sorti dAfrique via la péninsule arabique

first_imgGénétique : Homo sapiens est sorti d’Afrique via la péninsule arabiquePubliant ses travaux dans la revue Molecular Biology and Evolution, une équipe internationale, a développé avec l’aide d’IBM une nouvelle approche pour étudier la diversité génétique humaine. Grâce à cela, elle a découvert une route migratoire de nos ancêtres sortis d’Afrique passant bien plus au Sud que prévu, par la côte méridionale de l’Arabie et du Moyen-Orient.Depuis 6 ans, le Genographic Project, une étude génétique internationale dirigée par le Dr Spencer Wells, s’appuie sur les puissants calculateurs du Computational Biology Center d’IBM pour explorer les modes de recombinaison au sein du génome humain. Un processus naturel qui fait se diviser et se recombiner nos molécules d’ADN.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de Christmas”Près de 99% du matériel génétique d’un individu est fait de ‘couches’ d’empreintes génétiques de nombreuses lignées. Notre défi était de savoir s’il était encore possible de démêler ces lignées afin d’en comprendre les points communs. Grâce à une approche analytique et de modélisation mathématique, nous avons entrepris la tâche complexe de reconstituer l’histoire génétique d’une population”, explique ainsi Laxmi Parida, d’IBM cité par BBC News.Or, ces chercheurs ont constaté que les populations indiennes actuelles avaient une plus grande diversité génétique – donc une plus grande ancienneté – que les Européens et les Asiatiques de l’est. Ce qui suggère que les premiers Homo sapiens sortant d’Afrique (il y a 60 à 70.000 ans), plutôt que de passer par l’Égypte et le Sinaï, ont suivi une route côtière, passant (vraisemblablement à pied sec, vu le niveau de la Mer Rouge à l’époque) de la corne de l’Afrique à la Péninsule Arabique, puis longeant la côte sud de cette dernière pour atteindre, assez tôt, le sous-continent indien.”Cela suggère que d’autres domaines de recherche tels que l’archéologie et l’anthropologie devraient rechercher des indices supplémentaires sur la route de migration des premiers humains”, conclut Ajay Royyuru, co-auteur de l’étude, laquelle a utilisé du matériel génétique issu de près de 500.000 personnes du monde entier. Le 7 novembre 2011 à 18:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Sonde PhobosGrunt peu probable que les débris sécrasent sur Terre

first_imgSonde Phobos-Grunt : “peu probable que les débris s’écrasent sur Terre”Lundi, le patron de l’agence spatiale russe Vladimir Popovkine a indiqué qu’il y avait peu de chances que la sonde Phobos-Grunt retombe sur Terre si les équipes ne parvenaient pas à en reprendre le contrôle. Elle se désintégrera en entrant dans l’atmosphère.Un peu moins d’une semaine après son lancement, la sonde Phobos-Grunt erre toujours en orbite autour de la Terre. Malgré les multiples tentatives, les ingénieurs de l’agence spatiale russe n’ont pas encore réussi à reprendre le contrôle de l’engin afin de mettre en marche les propulseurs qui ont échoué à la placer dans la bonne direction après le décollage. Mais si des sources avaient tout d’abord évoqué que Roskosmos disposait de trois jours pour rectifier le tir, il semblerait, selon son directeur Vladimir Popovkine, que la situation ne soit pas encore tout à fait perdue. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, celui-ci a indiqué que les scientifiques ont encore jusqu’à début décembre pour mettre les propulseurs de la sonde en marche, après quoi la “fenêtre balistique” pour prendre la direction de Mars sera fermée. “Il y a une chance, mais pour le moment nous ne parvenons pas à obtenir les données télémétriques pour comprendre ce qu’il s’est passé”, a t-il ainsi précisé cité par l’AFP. Toutefois, si l’agence échoue à récupérer la sonde Phobos-Grunt, il semblerait qu’il y ait “très peu de chances qu’elle atteigne la Terre”, a ajouté Vladimir Popovkine. “Les réservoirs en aluminium de Phobos Grunt contiennent 7,5 tonnes de combustible. Nous ne doutons pas qu’il explosera dans les couches denses de l’atmosphère. Il est peu probable que des débris s’écrasent sur Terre”, a poursuivi le chef de Roskosmos. “Mars n’aime pas les Terriens” Malgré tout, ce nouvel échec représente un réel coup dur pour l’agence spatiale russe dont c’était la première tentative de mission d’exploration interplanétaire depuis l’échec en novembre 1996 de la sonde Mars 96, qui était retombée dans l’océan Pacifique. “C’est une déconvenue pour l’astrophysique russe”, a reconnu Vladimir Popovkine avant de relever que “Mars n’aime pas les Terriens”, étant donné que de nombreuses missions, soviétiques, américaines, européennes comme japonaises, ont échoué par le passé. Le 15 novembre 2011 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La Xbox 720 présentée dès janvier 2012

first_imgLa Xbox 720 présentée dès janvier 2012 ?La future machine de jeux de Microsoft pourrait être annoncée dès le CES de Las Vegas en janvier 2012. La Xbox 720 ou Loop serait-elle plus qu’une console ?L’année 2012 semble bel et bien partie pour être l’année de la nouvelle génération pour les consoles de jeu. Après Nintendo qui a présenté sa Wii U en juin dernier, c’est désormais à la Xbox de Microsoft de nourrir la machine à spéculations. Nous avions déjà appris que le nom de code de cette nouvelle machine serait Xbox Loop. Cette fois, selon Numerama, le constructeur pourrait dévoiler en partie sa machine lors de sa traditionnelle conférence inaugurale du CES de Las Vegas en janvier prochain. À lire aussiOncologie : quand le jeu vidéo réduit le temps de traitement des patientsLe plus grand salon électronique de la planète pour un lancement de console, cela paraît surprenant sachant que ce genre d’annonces est effectué plutôt lors de l’E3, le salon de jeu vidéo de Los Angeles. Ou alors Microsoft dévoilerait des orientations moins centrées sur le jeu vidéo pour sa machine vedette.Le géant de Redmond a déjà fait quelques pas sur une intégration de Windows dans tous ses produits, peut-être que la Xbox fait partie de sa stratégie concernant la télévision. Dans ce cas une annonce au CES devant l’ensemble de la presse high-tech mondiale ferait sens. Microsoft ambitionne de transformer sa machine en media-center complet, notamment avec l’arrivée de la VOD ou de chaînes de TV comme le bouquet Canal + en France.En tous cas, le cycle de 10 ans annoncé par le constructeur pour sa machine semble désormais écarté, la concurrence faisant rage sur ce marché du vidéo-ludisme. Microsoft pourrait lancer sa machine dès fin 2012 ou au plus tard en 2013.Le 18 novembre 2011 à 17:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Apple publie la version bêta diOS 51

first_imgApple publie la version bêta d’iOS 5.1Apple a mis à disposition des développeurs une version bêta d’iOS 5.1. Une nouvelle mouture du nouveau système d’exploitation mobile de la firme à la pomme qui semble apporter très peu de changements, mais qui font surtout référence aux futurs produits d’Apple.Apple a lancé il y a deux jours la version bêta d’iOS 5.1. Une mouture dont on sait peu de choses, puisque les développeurs qui l’ont téléchargée s’engagent à la confidentialité. Toutefois, si les notes qui accompagnent la bêta ne précisent pas quelles sont les nouveautés apportées, elles font référence à de futurs produits.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Sont ainsi cités un iPad 2.4, qui pourrait être une nouvelle version de la dernière tablette de la firme à la pomme destinée à un opérateur américain. Sont également mentionnés des iPad 3.1 et 3.2, ou encore un iPhone 5.1. Enfin, un énigmatique “J33”, qui pourrait, d’après le site 9to5Mac, correspondre au prochain boîtier prochaine Apple TV.En outre, le site allemand Macerkopf.de évoque l’ajout de nouvelles fonctions dédiées à l’assistant vocal Siri. Elles pourraient permettre de contrôler les connexions Bluetooth et Wi-Fi d’un terminal iOS. La date d’expiration de cette version bêta serait fixée au 14 janvier 2012, laissant deviner la date vers laquelle iOS 5.1 devrait enfin être disponible.Le 30 novembre 2011 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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XBMC 11 la nouvelle version de Media Center est disponible

first_imgXBMC 11 : la nouvelle version de Media Center est disponibleLa dernière version de l’interface Media Center XBMC a été finalisée pendant le week-end. Baptisée Eden, ou XBMC 11, elle est disponible au téléchargement et apporte son lot de nouveautés et d’améliorations.Eden, ou XBMC 11, la nouvelle mouture de l’interface Media Center XBMC est disponible au téléchargement dans sa version finale. Celle-ci apporte de nombreuses nouveautés et améliorations au centre de média qui permet de gérer films, photos et musiques depuis un PC Windows ou Linux, comme depuis un Mac.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Parmi elle, la possibilité grâce à la fonction Rollback de revenir en arrière après l’installation d’un plug-in défaillant, ou l’intégration du support d’AirPlay pour les Apple TV et terminaux iOS jailbreakés. Le Media Center s’est également enrichi d’un nouveau thème d’interface Confluence avec une présentation des sections à l’horizontale, ainsi que d’un moteur de rendu optimisé. La nouvelle mouture du logiciel offre en outre une meilleure gestion des protocoles réseau et un nouveau décodeur JPEG amélioré. Enfin les utilisateurs d’OS X bénéficient désormais comme ceux de Linux et Windows de la possibilité d’adapter le rafraîchissement de l’affichage en fonction du nombre d’images par seconde que contient un film. XMBC 11 est disponible sur le site Internet du logiciel.Le 26 mars 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Windows XP et Vista clap de fin en 2014 et 2017

first_imgWindows XP et Vista: clap de fin en 2014 et 2017Microsoft lance le compte à rebours en ce qui concerne son support de Windows XP, Vista et d’Office 2003.Windows 8,lui, est sur les starting blocks. Le 8 avril 2014 sonnera la fin. XP et Office 2003 ne seront plus supportés. Cette date dépassée, il n’y aura plus de mises à jour proposé par Microsoft. Même si cet OS représenterait presque 33,5% de parts de marché aujourd’hui (selon StatCounter), le géant américain compte opérer la transition vers Windows 7. Il invite d’ailleurs les utilisateurs, particuliers ou professionnels, à trouver les outils nécessaires à la transition, sur son blog officiel (lien non disponible). Concernant Windows Vista et Office 2007, les clients auront cette fois jusqu’en 2017 pour voir la fin des mises à jour sécurité.Les délais sont désormais connus, à vous de passer le cap. Rappelons tout de même que Windows 8 devrait voir le jour à la fin 2012. Le 10 avril 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La tomate une pomme empoisonnée devenue fruit adulé

first_imgLa tomate, une ‘pomme empoisonnée’ devenue fruit aduléSi la tomate est aujourd’hui une composante presque essentielle de l’alimentation mondiale, cela n’a pas toujours été le cas. En effet, ses débuts de jeune première n’ont pas été si faciles, et celle-ci a dû, deux siècles durant, prouver qu’elle n’était pas toxique. Il était une fois un fruit rouge, à l’aspect lisse et aux courbes avantageuses, la tomate. Originaire d’Amérique du sud, cette espèce de plantes herbacées est aujourd’hui devenue un élément incontournable de la gastronomie de certains pays et est largement cultivée à travers le monde. Pourtant, il y a quelques siècles, l’engouement était bien moins important. Pire encore, la tomate avait été complètement laissée de côté, n’étant utilisée que pour décorer. Pourquoi un tel traitement ? Parce que le fruit a longtemps été considéré comme toxique… En effet, la tomate a été introduite en Europe, en Espagne puis en Italie, par les Espagnols au XVIe siècle, comme un aliment fort en goût et exotique. Son aspect séducteur lui vaut alors rapidement les surnoms de “pomodoro”, “pomme d’or” ou même “pomme d’amour”. Mais si elle commence à être cultivée dans quelques régions, elle est loin de séduire tout le monde, notamment en raison de ses origines. La tomate est une plante qui appartient à la même famille que la belladone, plante connue en Europe pour sa toxicité. Ainsi, au XVIe siècle, de nombreux botanistes considèrent naturellement la tomate également comme toxique et non comestible. John Gerard, un botaniste et chirurgien anglais, notamment est l’un des premiers à cultiver la plante au Royaume-Uni mais la décrit comme vénéneuse dans son herbier The Herbal or General History of Plants paru en 1597. “Une pomme empoisonnée” Les Européens qui se risquent à la goûter ne peuvent évidemment que considérer qu’elle est bien comestible. Pourtant, cette mauvaise réputation va perdurer pendant deux siècles, lui valant le surnom de “pomme empoisonnée”. Pour ne rien arranger, quelques faits divers s’ajoutent à l’avis des botanistes. En effet, à l’époque, certaines personnes faisant partie des couches aisées de la société ont été empoisonnées après avoir consommé de la tomate, alimentant encore la mauvaise réputation du fruit. En vérité, ces étranges accidents n’étaient pas à attribuer directement au fruit mais à la vaisselle dans laquelle il était mangé : des assiettes fabriquées à base d’étain et de plomb. Dans l’assiette, la tomate acide, avait tendance à absorber le plomb toxique pour la santé et causait donc effectivement des empoisonnements une fois consommée. Heureusement, les populations les plus pauvres d’Europe s’étaient déjà laissé séduire par l’aliment, mettant au point de multiples recettes l’utilisant. Des recettes qui firent du bien à la tomate  Ceci permît de diffuser peu à peu l’utilisation de la tomate jusqu’au milieu du XVIIIe siècle où elle fut finalement reconnue comme comestible. Les cultures commencèrent alors à se multiplier à travers le monde tandis que la demande augmentait. En France, les Provençaux furent les premiers à la consommer. Mais l’introduction de la tomate fût plus lente avant de connaitre une importante accélération vers 1790, grâce notamment à des restaurants proposant des recettes à base du fruit.La tomate n’était alors plus une plante ornementale mais un aliment précieux pouvant être consommé chaud comme froid. Les recettes continuèrent ensuite à se multiplier, soupe, sauce et enfin la fameuse pizza imaginée à la fin du XVIIIe siècle en Italie. Celles-ci mirent tout le monde d’accord et introduisirent définitivement la tomate comme composante essentielle et juteuse de l’alimentation européenne. Un marché très productif À lire aussiVoici pourquoi il faut éviter les aliments ultra-transformésCette plante est aujourd’hui cultivée par 170 pays à travers le monde, la Chine en tête, selon les données de la FAO. En quelques décennies, la production n’a cessé d’augmenter pour dépasser, en 2007, les 120 millions de tonnes produits sur près de 5 millions d’hectares. La même année, la France en a produit 750.000 tonnes, sans compter les productions familiales et vivrières. Le nombre de variétés de tomates cultivées a également connu au fil des décennies une remarquable hausse. Désormais, la tomate est reconnu comme un fruit (et un légume) particulièrement riche en vitamine C et en lycopène. A ce titre, on lui attribue de nombreux bienfaits nutritionnels contre le vieillissement et contre certaines maladies notamment. Le 26 juin 2013 à 09:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Orvilles Timing Could Not Have Been Worse

first_img How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC Stay on target Oh boy, was yesterday the exact wrong time to air this episode of The Orville. Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek inspired dramedy has been pretty hit and miss during its first season, but overall has grown into a respectable piece of light sci-fi. Last night’s episode saw the show indulge in its worst tendencies, bringing back a plot point the show was better for having ignored. Worse yet, it completely undid all the great character work accomplished by last week’s episode. Looking at it that way, the timing barely matters at all. This episode would have been a disappointment no matter what was going on in the news.It starts out promising enough, with the crew enjoying a night off with some karaoke. Kelly is singing Journey’s “Any Way You Want It,” and the camera zoom’s in on Ed enjoying her performance. Right away, you know it’s going to be an Ed and Kelly relationship episode, but it hasn’t tipped it’s hand completely. After all, by this point in the season, the show seems to be aware that any sort of will-they-or-won’t-they scenario is the least interesting part of these two characters’ dynamic. The karaoke scene even ends hilariously with Bortus about to sing a song that Malloy taught him: “My Heart Will Go On.” Unfortunately for everyone, the crew is called away for an urgent mission before Bortus sings even one note. As funny as the interruption is, I’m still disappointed that the episode never revisited this moment. How could they deny us Bortus singing the Titanic theme? Hasn’t MacFarlane ever heard of Chekhov’s Celine Dion?Halston Sage, guest star J Paul Boehmer, guest star Derek Mears and Seth MacFarlane (Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)Unfortunately, that’s the high point of the episode. The Orville is called away to oversee a potential end to a conflict between two species who have been warring for generations. Both sides claim they were the first to colonize a small planet. At first, I worried that the episode was going to turn into a hamfisted allegory for Israel. It certainly threatened to go that way with Malloy’s line about a planet so small causing so much conflict. Seeing where the episode went instead, the Israel thing might have been better. An ancient artifact has been found in an archaeological dig on the planet, and both sides have agreed to have an independent scientist test for DNA, accepting whatever the result is as proof of who was there first. Ed and Kelly are also instructed to use the test as an opportunity to make a more lasting compromise and peace between the two species.The problems start when the scientist who will be studying the artifact arrives on board the ship. It’s Darulio; the blue alien Kelly cheated on Ed with at the start of the series. That’s when it became clear that this episode was going to shove the more interesting conflict into the background and focus on Kelly and Ed bickering over how their marriage ended. It’s always been The Orville’s weakest gag and having a whole episode dedicated to it makes for the most obnoxious, unfunny hour of television this show has given us yet. Seriously, even that infant sex change episode was better than this. It missed hard, but at least it swung for something. This episode wasn’t even trying to say anything. It might be the laziest storytelling we’ve seen from this show so far.Mark Jackson, Penny Johnson Jerald, Seth MacFarlane, Halston Sage, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, guest star Larry Joe Campbell, Peter Macon and J Lee (Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)It’s not even that hard to see how it could have been better. Yes, the Ed-Kelly relationship drama has always sucked, but this could have been the episode where the series finally dealt with it. If it focused on their real feelings about each other now that they’re working together, this episode could have put the issue to rest and allowed the series as a whole to move forward. The moments when Ed and Kelly are at their best on this show are when they’re in sync. When they riff on each other’s jokes and work together to solve problems. That’s when you can see both why they got married and why it didn’t work out. The complex nature of their relationship, where there’s still clearly love and respect but also professionalism and distance, is one of the show’s greatest strengths. It’s nowhere to be found in this episode. Darulio’s presence could have been way more interesting too, if the episode had explored the boundaries between Kelly and Ed now that they’re both free to see other people. Even if Ed was completely over the divorce, walking into an exact recurrence of the scene that caused it would bring up old emotions for anyone. If only the episode had done anything with that.Instead, it made it all about pheromones. First, Kelly goes to talk to him to set personal and professional boundaries. Sparks start flying and the two end up in bed together. To the show’s credit, the scene where ed walks in on them again, blue fluid and all, is funnier as a callback. That’s not saying much, but it at least got a chuckle this time. Ed tries to fire Darulio, but soon finds himself awkwardly flirting with the blue alien. Thankfully, the jokes don’t get too homophobic. Malloy just thinks it’s strange that Ed is suddenly showing interest in Darulio, but there’s not the overt gay panic we’ve seen from MacFarlane in the past. That’s the nicest thing I can say about it, though. From here until the end of the episode, the jokes still boil down to “lol, gay.” That’s especially disappointing when the series has shown itself to be capable of so much better than that.Penny Johnson Jerald (Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)The pheromone plot point is especially tone deaf right now when sexual assault and coercion is so prevalent in the news. The last thing we need from our space comedy is a running joke about a guy who chemically alters people’s minds so they’ll have sex with him. He doesn’t do it maliciously, it’s just something his species does when they’re in heat once a year. The problem is he knows this is the case and doesn’t tell anyone about it until Alara confronts him. Even then, the show doesn’t treat him like he did anything wrong. He even gets a redemption at the end when he convinces the two warring species to have sex with each other. That’s the solution to this generations-long conflict. It’s a cop-out and a bad gay joke all in one. I get that these episodes are written and scheduled way ahead of time. There was no way to know we would be in the midst of a news cycle where women are coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault by powerful men.  But this episode would have been bad no matter when it aired. The way it handles issues of consent would be shockingly poor even if that very issue wasn’t at the forefront of all our minds right now.No character suffered more than Dr. Claire Finn. She’s been dismissing Yaphit’s advances since day one, and suddenly some pheromones make him irresistible to her. I really didn’t need to see what Yaphit having sex looks like. The fact that she turns her into a crazy ex-stereotype when he doesn’t call her afterward might be this episode’s biggest crime. We just had an episode that demonstrated how strong, capable and nuanced her character was. This undid all of that for the sake of a bad joke. It’s a real shame because Rob Lowe was a welcome presence on the show as Darulio. He’s a fantastic, funny actor who could have really shined on The Orville. It’s a shame he wasn’t given better material to work with.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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The Full Moon is Electric Boogie Woogie Woogie

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on target Sure, the Moon shines because its surface reflects light from the Sun. But a new study suggests there is more to that bright lunar glow than meets the naked eye.As reported by National Geographic, Earth’s satellite is surrounded by an electric shell, which gathers power when the Moon shows its full face once a month.“In effect, when you gaze at a bright full Moon shining in the sky, you are probably seeing the lunar orb at its most electric,” the magazine said.Despite its barely there gravitational field, the Moon does possess a very tenuous atmosphere, called the exosphere. Even more surprising, though, was the discovery of a lunar ionosphere.The ephemeral layer of charged particles—roughly 1 million times more nebulous than the one topping our planet—is so weak it’s barely detectable when drenched in solar and cosmic radiation.“There’s a lot we don’t know about it, and it’s fair to say there’s still some controversy,” lead study author Jasper Halekas, an associate professor of experimental space physics at the University of Iowa, told NatGeo.In an effort to answer their questions, Halekas and his team turned to NASA’s Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun (ARTEMIS) mission.The operation features two probes, placed in unusual orbits near the Moon, which can peer into the orb’s diffuse exosphere. The best views, however, come around once a month.“When the Moon passes through the near vacuum of the geomagnetic tail of the Earth each lunar month around Full Moon, its presence becomes more important,” according to the study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.“In this unique environment, the lunar-derived charged particle density becomes comparable to the ambient value,” the team wrote, “and the presence of the lunar ionosphere can appreciably affect its surroundings.”During this window, ARTEMIS can track the plasma waves coming from the sun-saturated lunar dayside, and create a more detailed picture of the Moon’s ionosphere.“We utilize measurements from lunar orbit to investigate the density, structure, and dynamics of the faint lunar ionosphere and its interaction with the local environment of the geomagnetic tail,” the study said.This points to a higher density of lunar-derived plasma during the full Moon, suggesting, NatGeo explained, that the planetoid’s ionosphere becomes more prominent while in Earth’s protection.The Moon remains a mystery to most people—but maybe not for long. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will fly to Earth’s satellite as SpaceX’s first private astronaut. And NASA’s kilopower project could enable crewed missions to the Moon. Keep an eye out for the Full Harvest Moon on Sept. 24, and read more about our lunar companion here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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VIDEO: WWE.com interview with John Cena for 11/19/14

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Now Playing Up Next ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Videos Articles Vin Diesel Charlize Theron Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -1:02 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list John Cena WWE.com has a new interview up with John Cena, talking about the Team Cena vs. Team Authority match at this Sunday’s Survivor Series PPV. You can view the video below. Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Facebook Now Playing Up Next Google+ Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene WhatsApp Twitter The Evolution of John Cena Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Raplast_img read more

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Alberto Del Rio battling back injury per new reports

first_img Videos Articles Seth Rollins Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Google+ WWE star Alberto Del Rio is currently working through a back injury according to multiple wrestling media reports on Friday. One report cited issues with his lower back after taking a german suplex from Brock Lesnar during the Royal Rumble match.Del Rio did not work the Smackdown tapings on Tuesday night in Tampa and is scheduled to have his back reevaluated in Birmingham on Monday. WWE is still advertising Del Rio for live events this weekend in Chattanooga, Tupelo, Birmingham and Memphis.Much like the Sheamus story, WWE has yet to officially comment on the Del Rio injury.Sources: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:56 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Erick Rowan Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career John Cena Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Matchcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) WhatsApp Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Torontolast_img read more

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Starrcade Highlights: Styles vs. Joe, Rey Mysterio and Rusev team, Ric Flair and Elias

first_img Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte rachel bloom Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Alex Trebek returns to ‘Jeopardy!’ Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE posted these highlights from the Starrcade special on the WWE Network.You can check out a full report from the event taped on Saturday in Cincinnati. Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandal Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcastlast_img read more

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Corey Graves separated from wife for months, Update to story over the weekend

first_imgFacebook Doing This Popular Activity On Instagram Will Make You Seem Less Likable, Science Says Kristin Cavallari Won’t Take The Blame For Her Instagram Post Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alexa Bliss shows off her new tattoos, Zelina Vega pays tribute to the late singer Aaliyah Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp This Adorable Species Is Returning to Mainland Australia After Nearly Going Extinct Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img The latest body positive movement on Instagram WWE star Peyton Royce shares photo from Honeymoon with AEW star Shawn Spears Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that WWE star and commentator Corey Graves has been separated and started divorce proceedings with his wife (Amy Polinsky) for around six months, despite the story that was made public over the weekend.If you missed the story, Graves’ wife stated in a since deleted Instagram post that Graves had been “sleeping” with WWE star Carmella, adding that she felt “hurt” and “sad” and knew making the information public was “below her.”Both Corey Graves and Carmella were trending topics on Twitter this past Saturday, prompting Wrestleview to cover the story. The same report indicates Graves informed Polinsky of his new relationship recently, prompting her to go public with it.Since this report went live today, Polinsky has deleted her Instagram account. The story by Pro Wrestling Sheet made it clear that Graves has been living away from home for the last two months and that his divorce is close to being finalized.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKristin Cavallari Won’t Take The Blame For Her Instagram PostVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:23/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 85.69%0:04Remaining Time -1:19 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list A bunch of celebrities fell for an Instagram privacy hoax Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Trump fires FBI director James Comey

first_imgWASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI. Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his public comments on an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year’s campaign.Trump made no mention of Comey’s role in the Clinton investigation, which she has blamed in part for the election result. But in announcing the firing, the White House circulated a scathing memo, written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, criticizing Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe, including the director’s decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing “derogatory information” about Clinton.Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the bureau’s Trump-Russia probe, Rosenstein has been in charge.This is only the second firing of an FBI director in history. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993.last_img read more

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Senate GOP leaders abruptly delay health care vote

first_imgWASHINGTON — In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators Tuesday at a private lunch also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.“I think that was an important step. I certainly wasn’t ready” to vote, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, one of the bill’s critics, said of the delay. Asked if the legislation could ever attract enough support, she said, “I don’t know.”“I think it’s wise,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. “We’re actually close to an agreement, but there are some important differences remaining.”GOP senators were planning to travel to the White House later Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump.McConnell had hoped to push the measure through his chamber by week’s end, before an Independence Day recess that party leaders fear will be used by foes of the legislation to tear away support.last_img read more

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Washington Legislature passes bump stock ban

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill to ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly.The measure received a final 31-18 vote in the Senate Tuesday after the chamber accepted changes made by the House, which passed the bill on a 56-41 vote Friday. The House amended the bill with a provision that would allow the Washington State Patrol to set up a yearlong “buy back” program for people who already own the devices, known as bump stocks.“It is crucial that we ensure that weapons are not turned into illegal machine guns,” Democratic Sen. Manka Dhingra said after the vote. “I think the culture has changed, where a lot of people really want to see sensible, targeted gun legislation.”The move to ban the devices came in response to October’s mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and left hundreds more injured. The ban would make it illegal for anyone in Washington to manufacture or sell bump stocks beginning July 1. In July 2019, it would become illegal to own or possess a bump stock in Washington.Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon, who caucuses with Republicans, said before the vote that “we can do better than this.”last_img read more

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Weather Eye: Smoky air’s silver lining is lower-than-forecast temperatures

first_img The smoke and haze were so thick Monday that we barely made it to 82 degrees, far from the forecasted high in the low 90s. It was a forecast bust, but cooler is better. We are still waiting to get one more day of 90 degrees or better to break the record of 27 days in a calendar year set way back in 1906. The forecast calls for 90 degrees or higher today and Wednesday. If we fail, I do not see any high temperatures in the 90s for some time. A deep trough of low pressure swings inland on Thursday causing temperatures to drop back to the 70s with morning clouds. We could see drizzle in areas of Western Washington, best chance is at the coast. By the weekend, another low drops in and showers are possible. It is still up in the air as to where and how much. Vancouver hasn’t had measurable precipitation since July 2. The thick smoke was even at the coast, where it was socked in like fog. You could even smell smoke on the beach, and there is nowhere to escape the smoke the next couple of days in Washington and Oregon.The warmest temperature at 4 p.m. Monday was Bellingham with 86 degrees. Both Seattle and Vancouver had 81 degrees. I hate to rush the season, but I am ready for autumn with its cool, crisp air and, yes, even some rain. You feel trapped under all this smoke.Stay indoors if possible, or wear a face mask if highly sensitive to the unhealthy air. Hope for a good marine push by Thursday. We’ll chat again on that day. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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State officials dealing with rash of threats

first_imgOLYMPIA — Authorities say state offices in Olympia and Tumwater have received multiple bomb threats since late September, resulting in evacuations and an ongoing investigation.The Seattle Times reports the latest threat came by phone Wednesday, causing the evacuation of a state Department of Health building in Tumwater. The all-clear was given later Wednesday, a health department spokeswoman said.The incidents started Sept. 26 when a threat caused the evacuation of the Highways Licenses building on the Capitol campus, which houses the Licensing Department and the Attorney General’s Office.In October, two bomb threats came in to a different Attorney General’s Office building and another was made against the health department. Another was directed again at the Highways Licenses building as well as the Department of Natural Resources.Washington State Patrol spokesman John Shaffer said the threats are believed to be related.last_img read more

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Unattended stove caused Christmas Eve house fire in Vancouver

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office determined a Christmas Eve fire in the Oakbrook neighborhood that killed a cat and dog was caused by an unattended stove.A resident at the home in the 3500 block of N.E. 103rd Ave., south of the interchange for Interstate 205 and state Highway 500, prepared food and left for a friend’s residence, according to Lead Deputy Fire Marshal Chad Lawry.“They left the stove on. A pot of oil caught fire and spread,” Lawry said.Crews with the Vancouver Fire Department were dispatched to the home about 1:15 p.m. Arriving firefighters found smoke and flames billowing from around the front door, department spokesman Joe Spatz said. Battalion Chief Tige Harmon said firefighters had the fire out in less than 10 minutes, and the fire was contained to the kitchen.Flames spread from the stove to cabinets and then outward from there, Lawry said. The kitchen is destroyed, he said, and intense heat damaged parts of the home, but it should be repairable.No one was home at the time of the fire.Spatz said firefighters found a dog inside unconscious and were able to resuscitate it, but a cat and another dog were killed. The fire displaced two people living at the house and two pets.The deputy fire marshal estimated the total monetary loss to be around $61,000.last_img read more

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Officer Clayton reporting for duty: 4-year-old cancer patient sworn in

first_imgClayton Jones plodded forward, wrists extended out front in handcuffs. But he wasn’t under arrest. The cuffs were part of the 4-year-old’s uniform worn Friday during his swearing-in ceremony as an official Vancouver police officer.The boy’s family and friends, Vancouver police and first responders from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Vancouver Fire Department, as well as Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, crowded into the lobby of the department’s east precinct Friday evening to watch the ceremony.“You being here today, I think, is tremendously special for (Clayton),” Police Chief James McElvain told the audience.With assistance from Officer Danielle Wass, Clayton and his brother Milez, 9, raised their right hands and took the law enforcement oath, led by McElvain. Much of Clayton’s attention, though, was on the toy pistol in his left hand.“Boom!” Clayton exclaimed, pulling the trigger.Afterward, he and his brother were presented with badges of their own.“(Clayton) says they are his cops,” his mom, Taylor Jones, 28, said of Vancouver police.The Vancouver Police Department connected with Clayton through the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the department’s annual Shop with a Cop event in December. Officers have kept in touch since — bringing Clayton and his family gifts at Christmas, setting up tours of the east precinct and even visiting him in the hospital.“This is a family close to my heart,” Wass said Friday. “This is what I feel like we can do for him, because we can’t do much else.”last_img read more

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Neuer return leaves Sule impressed

first_imgNiklas Sule has been left amazed by Manuel Neuer’s impressive comeback from injury after the goalkeeper played a competitive training match for GermanyThe Bayern Munich captain sustained a broken foot in September last year, which left him out of action for their entire campaign with Sven Ulreich having occupied his place in the squad since as they won a sixth successive Bundesliga title.However, Germany boss Joachim Low included Neuer in his preliminary squad for next month’s tournament in Russia with the aim of properly assessing the 32-year-old’s fitness levels before making a final decision.Neuer continued with his progress from injury by playing in a test match for the Germany u20 side against the senior side and completed 30 minutes.The captain now looks set to be confirmed in Low’s final 23-man squad and Sule could not hide his admiration for him, who he calls the “best keeper in the world”.“At first I couldn’t believe it, when Manu did his first training after four months out and sensationally saved one ball after the other. It was as if he had never left,” said the defender, according to Goal.“I hadn’t witnessed something like that before. His body language is simply incredible.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“He is the best keeper in the world, and for me, it is great to play with him at the Bayern and cause him problems by shooting my swirling shots on goal.”A fit Neuer is normally the undisputed number one at Germany and assistant coach Thomas Schneider backed him to be ready to start if required.“The coaches Jogi [Low, head coach] and Andi [Kopke, goalkeeping coach] talked to Marc-Andre, who had a very good season and is an important part of the team since the Confederations Cup last year and who got even better this year,” he said.“But Manu is a complete goalkeeper. His name, the way he moves, his presence on the pitch and his technical skills. He has been named the world’s best goalkeeper for a reason.“Of course it is no easy situation for Marc now, but when you have such an unbelievably good goalkeeper in your team like Manuel, you want him to play.”Neuer is expected to play in his first proper competitive match against Austria on Saturday in a friendly.last_img read more

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Danny Rose reveals side of club football he wouldnt wish on

first_imgEngland’s Danny Rose has started to understand how football can overwhelm people after experiences in the club game that he “wouldn’t wish on anybody”.Rose received an outpouring of goodwill from the public and fellow players after opening up about his struggles with mental health. He explained how a lengthy injury lay-off and the suicide of an uncle led him to visit a psychologist and spend a number of months on medication.The Tottenham left-back intends to help other sufferers after the World Cup, using his revelations to shine light on the side of professional football rarely seen.Asked why he is so honest, Rose told IRN via Evening Standard:“I don’t know, really.“It is the best job in the world, don’t get me wrong, but I think people seem to think there’s no other issues within football. You just get your money at the end of the month and you play every week.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You know, there’s so much more to football than what people may see on a Saturday. I don’t believe in hiding that from people.“Even though I feel very privileged to play football, it’s not something I would – with the things I’ve experienced within the game – be shouting from the rooftops to recommend to people’s children to be a footballer.“Because there are a lot of things that happen on a day-to-day basis at club football that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.”Rose would not go into specifics but added:“There’s pressure, there’s politics – there’s loads of things.“There’s not just playing on a Saturday and you receiving your money at the end of the month. There’s so, so much more to football than what people see.last_img read more

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Silva Proud of Richarlisons debut display

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva says he is delighted to see Richarlison scoring goals but was more impressed with his all-around performance in the gameRicharlison grabbed a brace for 10-man Everton, however, they settled for a draw at the end in Silva’s first competitive game in charge.“It was an excellent performance from a player I know can play like this,” added Silva.“It’s not just his goals. He works hard, makes runs and I’m pleased to see him score two goals, but the most pleasing thing is the team performance.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m very proud of my players… To play nearly 50 minutes with ten men and show the level of performance that we did against a good side is very pleasing.“After we went 1-0 up, perhaps we could have done more but the display in the second half was outstanding, and the team did well.“We could have won, but I think we can be pleased with how we played and go on from here for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

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Wilshere If Wenger had stayed I would have stayed at Arsenal

first_imgJack Wilshere revealed that Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal in the summer led to his own exitThe 26-year-old midfielder signed for West Ham United on a three-year deal in July as a free agent after ending a 17-year association at Arsenal.Wilshere opted to leave the Emirates Stadium following talks with new manager Unai Emery over his role at the club.But Wilshere admits that Wenger would have convinced him to stay with the Gunners as the Frenchman would have ensured his place in the team.“If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me,” Wilshere told the Islington Gazette.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He gave me the armband and respected me a lot. So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.“Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’. Because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team.“I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.“But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.”Wilshere, who has made four Premier League starts for West Ham, is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.last_img read more

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For Milans Leonardo the Champions League is not an obsession

first_imgThe Rossoneri general director has backed coach Gennaro Gattuso and hopes his team can do well in the Italian Lega Serie AFor AC Milan general director Leonardo, his team doesn’t have to be obsessed to win the UEFA Champions League and has to focus on the Italian Lega Serie A.“For a club like Milan, of course, the objective must be to get back into the most important European competition,” Leonardo was quoted by Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We believe that we have the ideal structure in place to achieve this target, but we mustn’t make the mistake of turning it into an obsession.”“At the moment, we are three points off fourth place with a game in hand, so perfectly in line with our ambitions,” he added.“The rumors on Rino came from outside the club, and as far as we are concerned, they are to be considered unfounded. This is why we didn’t need to release a statement denying it because Rino knows he has the full faith of the club and squad.”last_img read more

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